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Response to severe flooding in South Yorkshire

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (BFRS) support the severe flooding in South Yorkshire.

Tuesday 12 November

The Service continue to support South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service with the severe flooding in the Doncaster area. Crews were sent to Fishlake, Doncaster this morning, initially tasked on checking on the welfare of domestic animals and issuing medicine and supplies to those who do not wish to evacuate. We will continue to carry out varied tasks throughout the day and night to support the victims of the flooding.

Chief Fire Officer, Paul Fuller, who visited rescue teams in South Yorkshire last night, said: "It has been a well managed operation by South Yorkshire and it's good to see fire and rescue services with National resilience teams working together to step up and help these communities."

Saturday 9 November

We are continuing to provide relief arrangements to support those dealing with the severe flooding in Yorkshire. Bedfordshire's boat rescue team, is in attendance at South Yorkshire, supporting varying rescue operations.

Friday 8 November

Bedford station, home to the county’s boat rescue team, were called to support the incident in the early hours of the morning. Bedford Blue Watch were sent to South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Training Centre, where they were deployed out to the Doncaster area. The crew have since been assisting with the welfare and support of those caught in the rapidly rising flood waters. With a critical warning issued, the crew assisted an evacuation in the Kirk Sandall area in preparedness for extreme flooding. Fortunately this was scaled back and up to 500 people were allowed to return to their homes.

BFRS also assisted South Yorkshire in the rescue of more than 50 people when a caravan site near Doncaster flooded. After the River Don overtopped in the area, people at Willow Bridge Caravan Site were lead to the safety of designated evacuation centres. A severe flood warning remains in place for the area surrounding the caravan site.  

Chief Fire Officer Paul Fuller said: “Thank-you to the personnel from Bedfordshire who have - and will go - to Yorkshire to help the communities suffering the effects of the terrible flooding. Our thoughts are with those who have been affected and we will continue to provide whatever support we can.”

Head of Response Andy Peckham said: “Thank-you to all those who are involved in supporting the incident. We remain in regular contact with our rescue team and are currently providing relief arrangements. We will continue to provide ongoing support for South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service over the course of the incident, whilst maintaining full operational cover at Bedford station and across Bedfordshire.”