St John Ambulance provides support to Northampton holiday park
St John Ambulance was called in for support after
residents of caravan parks near Northampton were
evacuated amid flooding fears.
More than 1,000 caravans are believed to have
been evacuated at Billing Aquadrome and
Cogenhoe Mill holiday parks as a precautionary
measure after the Environment Agency issued a severe flood
warning for the area.
Northamptonshire County Council, the Environment Agency and
other agencies took the decision to evacuate because of the
potential state of the River Nene. Evacuation of
Cogenhoe Mill started at the weekend, with evacuation of Billing
Aquadrome starting around 3pm on Monday 30 April.
Range of support provided for evacuees
An emergency shelter was set up in
Lings Forum, Weston Favell, where dozens of people
who could not stay with family or friends spent the night. Many
agencies supported the evacuation, including St John Ambulance, the
Red Cross, Salvation Army, WRVS and RSPCA.
St John Ambulance provided two ambulances and
six first aiders. The ambulance crew helped
transport people from the site and first
aiders provided continuous cover at the rest centre.
First aiders, including nurses and doctors, were able to
provide help with medication queries, and
provide pain relief or treatment
for any minor injuries that people had before being evacuated.
People were told that they could return to their holiday homes
on the morning of 3 May.