Flooding risks due to #StormDennis

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Murray MacGregor – Sunday 16th February 2020 – 2.30pm.

West Midlands Ambulance Service has increased it’s state of readiness in light of the developing situation with flooding now affecting many parts of the Region.

Historic levels of rainfall over Wales overnight has resulted in water now coming towards Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire, though many other parts of the region are also experiencing flooding to a greater or lesser extent.  The Environment Agency has announced that there are a record number of flood warnings across England.

All of the Trust’s 30 4×4 ambulances are available to respond to incidents along with specialist resources including the Hazardous Area Response Team who have specific training in working in water.

We are working with partners including local authorities, the Police, Fire and Rescue and the Environment Agency to support residents and protect the most vulnerable.

Herefordshire

A major incident has been declared in Herefordshire as the county experiences significant and widespread flooding from rising river levels and deep surface flooding.

Herefordshire Council is opening rest centres for those affected. Please visit the Herefordshire Council website for more information and links to flood alerts and road closures.

Shropshire

A major incident has been declared due to the River Teme expected to reach unprecedented levels.  Areas affected include Ludlow, Shrewsbury, Ironbridge and Shifnal

Worcestershire

A major incident has been declared due to the flooding situation in Tenbury. River levels are expected to peak tonight.  Evacuations are now taking place. There are severe flood warnings on the River Teme in Eardiston, Tenbury Wells and Burford.

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A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “It is vital that the public allow the emergency services and their partners to deal with the situation.  Please help us by not putting yourself at risk by travelling unless absolutely necessary.

“If you are in an area that has historically been affected by flooding, please ensure that you are up to date with the current advice available from the Environment Agency.

“For drivers, please do not drive through flood waters; we have already seen numerous cases of cars becoming stranded.  It takes remarkably little water to put you and your car at risk.”

General Advice

  • Don’t walk or drive through flood water and check your flood risk
  • Avoid any unnecessary travel
  • Please check on your neighbours, especially if they are elderly or vulnerable.
  • Check your flood risk here.
  • If you come across road closed signs, do not remove them and certainly do not drive past them. Remember, just 30cm of flowing water could be enough to move your car and an egg cup full of water could be enough to wreck your engine.
  • General driving conditions will be more challenging.

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Written by officialwmas

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) covers a geographical area of approximately 5,000 square miles and serves a population of 5.6 million people living in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Coventry & Warwickshire, Staffordshire and the Birmingham & the Black Country conurbation. The Trust has a total number of 4000 members of staff and uses 864 vehicles.

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