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High number of weather related 999 calls made to fire service

Borough: All

Incident Date: 22 November 2016

GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service’s (GMFRS) control operators received a high volume of weather-related calls last night (Monday, November 21, 2016) when we asked that people only dial 999 in an emergency.

In a two hour period (4pm to 6pm) 120 emergency calls were made by people - mostly reporting flooding and weather related issues. This figure rose to around 230 calls by 9pm, at which time the volume of calls decreased.

The majority of the callers were given advice from control operators with front-line crews dealing with 157 incidents.

Those outlined below are some of the incidents attended to by fire crews.

4.14pm, Chorley Old Road, Bolton – Firefighters from Bolton Central were called to a semi-detached house and made soffits and facia boards safe using a 3.5 metre ladder.

5.10pm, Edward Street, Ashton-under-Lyne – Ashton firefighters went to a house after reports were made that flood water was affecting electrics. Firefighters ensured the electrics were safe at the property before leaving.

5.20pm, Huddersfield Road, Mossley – Firefighters from Oldham were called to a kennels when the electrics were affected by water. Crew members assisted in the retrieval of dogs from the kennels.

5.56pm, Huddersfield Road, Stalybridge – Firefighters attended the incident, where people were trapped inside their homes by flood water. Later in the evening a water incident unit attended with firefighters carrying two couples to safety from two houses after the ground floors became submerged in flood water.

6.21pm, Newmarket Road, Ashton-under-Lyne – A van was stuck in flood water. A man was escorted from the vehicle to safety by firefighters.

7.21pm, Whelly Hall Road, Oldham – A man was rescued from a car in flood water by firefighters. Police attended to close the road.

7.24pm, Honeysuckle Drive, Stalybridge – Approximately 100 square metres flooded, including a number of domestic properties. Firefighters made electrics safe.

Updated 6.15am Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Last update: 22/11/2016 06:16:28
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