Hereford and Worcester's support for the flooding

The West Midlands Ambulance Trust declared a major incident early in the unfolding disaster and sought immediate help from the local St John Ambulance volunteers.  In Worcestershire, crews were mobilised from towns all round the county, including Droitwich, Evesham, Malvern, Pershore and Worcester, with additional support from Shropshire.

Using their 4x4 ambulances to get through the floods they answered a number of 999 calls.  These included picking up an unconscious casualty from 4 foot floods near Evesham and locating a diabetic who had been lost for 6.5 hours without his medication and getting him safely home. One Land Rover ambulance covered over 600 miles during the weekend.

As the flood waters rose, St John Ambulance volunteers were asked to assist the local ambulance service and the army with the evacuation of nursing homes. Members also helped at the emergency rest centres in Evesham and Upton upon Severn, in one case being asked to co-ordinate the voluntary services throughout the night.

Volunteers and vehicles have now stepped down but are on standby in case the weather worsens.