London Fire Brigade

Brigade sends help to flood-hit Cumbria

07 December 2015

We have sent three national flood tactical advisors to Cumbria to offer technical advice and support to other emergency services working on the flood response.

Group Manager Andy Roe who is at the scene, said: "Our specialist flood advisors form part of the national flood response team, meaning we can be called upon to serious or significant flood incidents across the country.

"It is unusual for us to be called upon in this way but due to the seriousness of the flooding we have seen in Cumbria we have been at the scene offering technical advice and support.

"Our main priority is to ensure that no one is still trapped by the flood waters.

"Today under the instruction of one of our advisors, 12 people have been safely rescued from flooded properties and other buildings, including a care home, have been checked and evacuated. 

"There is still a considerable amount of standing water present so the priority for us is to ensure that as much water as possible is pumped away from affected areas.

"We are also offering reassurance and support to local people whose homes and businesses have been flooded.

"The flooding is amongst the worst I have seen and my heart goes out to all of the people who have been affected. Some have had their homes and livelihoods completely destroyed and it’s incredibly sad to see."

It is likely to have a team of officers in Cumbria for at least the next few days.