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