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Firefighters battle to protect communities after GMFRS receives 200 calls about flooding in one night

Borough: All boroughs

Incident Date: 14 September 2016

FIREFIGHTERS across Greater Manchester battled to save lives and property as severe storms hit the region last night, Tuesday September 13, 2016.

Control operators at North West Fire Control have received almost 200 hundred emergency calls about flooding incidents between 6pm last night and this morning.

At the height of the storm control operators received over a hundred calls about the weather in just 90 minutes.

Shortly before 6.30pm firefighters from Stockport were called to reports of a family trapped in a car by rising flood waters on Crossley Road.

The crew found a woman and a boy who were out of the car and they checked the vehicle for further occupants.  Paramedics treated the woman and child at the scene.

Around the same time a crew from Cheadle were called to a vets on Queens Road, Cheadle, after water started to affect the electrics in the surgery.

A crew from Hyde were called to The Village Club and Restaurant in Hyde at 7.36pm after water started to affect the electrics in the building.

At 9pm a crew from Salford were called to a high rise building in New Century Park, Manchester where they found a flooded basement car park.

The crew inspected the electrics and helped the building’s management team pump water out of the car park.

Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “Our firefighters worked tirelessly to keep our communities safe last night.

“They did a superb job in very difficult circumstances, as did our control operators at North West Fire Control.

“This is the fourth time in 12 months Greater Manchester has been hit by widespread flooding and we expect there to be more extreme weather before the year ends.

“We have been working hard with our colleagues at the Greater Manchester Resilience Forum to help prepare for incidents like this and we will continue to do everything we can to ensure our communities remain resilient.

“Despite being the first service people call during storms the Fire Service has no statutory obligation to respond to floods and receives no funding from the Government.

“We’re working with fire services across the UK to try and convince the Government to recognise our role in protecting people during floods and increase our funding.

“Our communities will face more extreme weather in the future and we will continue to do everything we can to protect them.”

Last update: 18/09/2016 09:17:39
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