Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue respond to severe flooding Image:Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

Support sent to South Yorkshire floods

Due to significant rainfall in a short amount of time, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (BFRS) was requested to support the severe flooding in South Yorkshire this morning (Friday 8 November).

Bedford station, home to the county’s boat rescue team, were called to support the incident in the early hours of the morning. Bedford Blue Watch was sent to South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Training Centre, where they were deployed out to the Doncaster area.

The crew have since been assisting with the welfare and support of those caught in the rapidly rising flood waters. With a critical warning issued, the crew assisted an evacuation in the Kirk Sandall area in preparedness for extreme flooding.

Fortunately this was scaled back and up to 500 people were allowed to return to their homes.

Chief Fire Officer Paul Fuller said:

“Thank-you to the personnel from Bedfordshire who have – and will go – to Yorkshire to help the communities suffering the effects of the terrible flooding. Our thoughts are with those who have been affected and we will continue to provide whatever support we can.”

BFRS also assisted South Yorkshire in the rescue of more than 50 people when a caravan site near Doncaster flooded. After the River Don overtopped in the area, people at Willow Bridge Caravan Site were lead to the safety of designated evacuation centres.

A severe flood warning remains in place for the area surrounding the caravan site.

Head of Response Andy Peckham said:

“Thank-you to all those who are involved in supporting the incident. We remain in regular contact with our rescue team and are currently providing relief arrangements.

“We will continue to provide ongoing support for South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service over the course of the incident, whilst maintaining full operational cover at Bedford station and across Bedfordshire.”