25 June 2012
Volunteers worked through horrendous conditions to help the emergency services and thousands of revellers caught up in flood chaos at the Isle of Wight Festival.
The problems began after heavy rain last Thursday [21 June] led to water-logged car parks at the event. As hundreds were forced to sleep in their vehicles on the gridlocked roads, much of the festival site became a mudbath.
The Red Cross teams – already on hand to provide first aid cover at the event – found themselves facing a busy weekend as thousands struggled with the bad weather.
Donna Taylor, emergency response officer, said: “From Thursday evening, our volunteers were out responding to the disruptions caused by the wet weather.
“Besides supporting the emergency services, we attended to several first aid incidents and helped the injured within the festival area itself.”
She added: “Our event first aid volunteers were on hand to help people and were based in very busy areas across the site. We also had regular foot patrols and were constantly on call to support other emergency services across the camp.”
Emergency response volunteers were also called out on Friday night after flooding in Lancashire led to multiple evacuations affecting around 500 people. A team of three volunteers provided support at two rest centres that were set up in Croston and Blackburn.