Specially trained firefighters from Gainsborough travelled to Cumbria this weekend when severe flooding caused the county’s emergency services to ask for help.
More than 100 residents were rescued by the 15 specially trained Lincolnshire firefighters from the Gainsborough, Boston and Sleaford stations.
The team took three boats and rescue equipment to the site when Cumbria’s services declared a major incident on Friday (November 27).
Dave Gilbert from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue was at the scene.
He said: “We’ve been working in two areas of Carlisle which have been very badly affected.
“Working alongside crews from Merseyside, Humberside, Staffordshire, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue and the RNLI, we’ve rescued hundreds of people from their homes and taken them to safety.
“In Corporation street, the water was so high - 6 or 7 feet deep - the only way to rescue people was from their first floor windows. We decided to use fridges to get people from their staircases out to our boats and then on to safety.
“The boat crews from Sleaford and Boston are working through the affected area, checking properties and confirming people and locations. We’ve also providing support around a bridge which is not structurally sound.
“We haven’t seen heavy rain yet today (December 7), but the situation in Cumbria remains extremely serious and challenging. The Environment Agency’s categorisation for the area remains at ‘red’.”
For more information on how to prepare for flooding, visit the Environment Agency’s website at www.gov.uk/government/organisations/environment-agency.