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Red Cross teams on standby as Storm Frank approaches

30 December 2015

British Red Cross volunteers are ready to help as communities across the UK are braced for further flooding.

Large parts of Scotland, Wales and northern England are at risk of flooding from Storm Frank.

Downpours have already caused widespread flooding in recent days and weeks, with many families forced to evacuate their homes around the festive period.

‘Whatever it takes’

Red Cross teams have been supporting flood-hit communities since the start of December.

Around 100 volunteers helped communities in Wales and northern England over Christmas.

And with dozens of flood warnings currently in place across England, Scotland and Wales, Red Cross teams are on standby once again.

Simon Lewis, head of UK emergency response for the Red Cross, said: “The risk of further flooding today comes on top of weeks of flooding and downpours.

“It’s hard to imagine the hardship people are facing right now. Our trained volunteers and staff are ready to work with local authorities and power companies to help affected communities.

“It could mean staffing rest centres for people forced from their homes, contacting vulnerable people to make sure they’re okay, transporting medical personnel, or giving out supplies for those in need.

“Whatever it takes, we will do our utmost to help people through this difficult time.”

Festive help

On Boxing Day, Red Cross volunteers cared for people evacuated from their homes in Chorley, Salford and Bury.

In north Wales, volunteers used 4x4 vehicles to transport critical-care staff to Bangor hospital following flooding.

In Yorkshire, volunteers helped residents at a reception centre in Hebden Bridge, providing essentials such as food and sandbags.

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