Storm Dennis Leaves It Mark On Over-Worked Emergency Services

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Now that storm Dennis has foxtrot oscared, we can take stock of the amount of damage that it has caused and, once again, we can pay tribute to the fantastic work of the emergency services. 

Out of all the many images which we have seen being shared on social media this weekend, the image below really stood out to us. 

It shows the risks taken by our fantastic emergency services as members of the public try to stay away from areas where our emergency services have no choice other than to enter. 

This fire engine, from Shrewsbury, was snapped as it became enveloped in floodwater that was just over 3ft deep; and rising.

As far as we know the appliance was carrying out a rescue when the rivers burst its bank. So the appliance was not deliberately driven into flood water .

We can see flood rescue personnel on the appliance as the water surrounding the vehicle continued to rise.  

On Saturday 15th Feb, at 11:30, Shropshire Fire & Rescue Service said:

‘At 11:30 on Saturday, 15th Feb 2020, SFRS Fire Control received a call reporting an incident classified as Flooding.

’18 fire appliances including the Light Pumping Unit and the Water Rescue Unit were mobilised from Baschurch, Bishops Castle, Bridgnorth, Church Stretton, Cleobury Mortimer, Clun, Craven Arms, Hodnet, Ludlow, Minsterley, Much Wenlock, Shrewsbury, Telford and Wellington.

‘Also at the scene of the incident were: the Land Ambulance Service, the Police, Shropshire Council and Telford and Wrekin Council.

‘Shropshire Fire Control have received a high volume of calls which have been attended by crews since 23:30 mainly involving severe flooding across the county’.

Thankfully, the volunteer crew from Shrewsbury Fire Station were all ok and continued to work tirelessly to rescue people who had become stranded in the floods. 

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