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St John Ambulance volunteers assist with severe flooding


St John Ambulance volunteers were hard at work evacuating residents in the wake of a tidal surge that flooded the East of England and East Midlands regions on Thursday 5 December.

East of England

In Essex, volunteers were called to evacuate people from over 100 streets in Manningtree, Maldon and Clacton and transport them to nearby rest centres. 7 St John Ambulances were staffed by 14 volunteers, who worked from Thursday afternoon as the tidal surge approached the area. Once water levels subsided, the crews returned people to their homes and worked through the night, until 7:30am on Friday 6 December. A control unit in Colchester was also deployed to manage ongoing operation requests.

In Suffolk, 17 first aiders were present at three rest centres in Lowestoft and Southwold, offering general help to those evacuated from their homes and providing medical assistance to people with pre-existing conditions.

In Norfolk, 14 first aiders provided overnight assistance at two rest centres in Wells-next-the-Sea and Hunstanton.

Steve Hampson, Emergency Response Coordinator at St John Ambulance in the East of England region, said: ‘We’re pleased to be able to offer this assistance and our thanks go to our volunteers who showed such community spirit to help those in need.’

East Midlands

St John Ambulance personnel served the Grantham, Lincolnshire area, by working to transport people to safe locations and provide first aid support. We provided a mini bus service to transport vulnerable people to the Grantham rest centre, where four volunteers assisted overnight and offered continuous support.

11 extra St John Ambulances have been dispatched to support the East Midlands Ambulance Service, in addition to a fleet of 12 ambulances operating its normal daily service.

The Environment Agency has said it is the worst tidal serge to hit Britain in 60 years, with a severe weather warning issued for most of the country, specifically all along the East coast.

St John Ambulance staff and volunteers in the South East and North East regions were also actively involved in the flood response.