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Volunteers offer support as flood chaos continues

26 November 2012

A sign warns drivers of a flooded street

As thousands struggle to cope with heavy flooding across the UK, the Red Cross is continuing to provide support.

Emergency response volunteers have been staffing rest centres, giving out advice and checking on vulnerable people after a weekend of stormy weather.

Parts of the country saw heavy rainfall and strong winds over the weekend (24 and 25 November), including some that were still recovering from previous occurrences of flooding.

‘High risk’ areas

On Saturday, a team of eight volunteers checked on the welfare of 65 elderly or vulnerable residents in Broadway, Worcestershire.

The next day, the Red Cross was called to properties in Worcester at high risk of flooding, to help people prepare for possible evacuation. Ten volunteers helped staff a rest centre in the town.

Sustained response

Martin Annis, senior emergency response officer, said: “Since the heavy rains started last week, our dedicated volunteers have been out at all hours making sure people remain as safe and comfortable as possible.

“This is exactly the sort of sustained crisis our emergency response volunteers train for, and we’ll be on hand to offer support for as long as we’re needed.”

Last week the Red Cross supported victims of flooding in several areas throughout the UK – including Devon, Northamptonshire, Cumbria and North Wales.

Today (26 November) there are flood warnings across much of England and Wales, as heavy rain continues.


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