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Mercy in practice

2015-12-09 10:13

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"Hundreds of families have slept in Red Cross Shelters set up in response to the flooding, and the army was mobilised along with local RNLI and other emergency service personnel to rescue trapped householders.

South of Penrith in Cumbria, the Coastguard rescued 150 people from a flooded static caravan park, and the village of Braithwaite was completely cut off when a flooded river collapsed the Coledale High Bridge.

Lancashire fire and rescue service said it dealt with more than 300 calls for help in Lancaster and surrounding areas, ranging from cars stuck in rising water, road collisions and fires... the RNLI Flood Rescue Team volunteers have evacuated several families with babies and small children, a number of pregnant women and several dogs, including a Great Dane. They have been operating in four boats mainly in the Warwick Road area of Carlisle, helping people trapped in their homes.

One of the team’s most difficult tasks was the rescue of six people and their two dogs from a remote bungalow in the Levens area. The people – including a pregnant woman and two children – had been stranded for 12 hours and were using flashlights to signal for help.

According to the RNLI’s Lifesaving Delivery unit, the flood water surrounding the property was fast flowing making it too dangerous to attempt a boat rescue. A local farmer volunteered to use his tractor to ferry five members of the RNLI Flood Rescue Team to the bungalow with a rescue sled. The occupants were evacuated two at a time and then transferred to a local pub to warm up." ( 7 December)

“A Facebook group which has been set up in order to support flooded residents has attracted over 15,000 members.” (ITV News, 8 December)

“Tasks undertaken by the Warrington [fire station]crew included pumping water out of a premises in Penrith and using a boat in Carlisle to aid with a mass evacuation.

They saved six adults and a child from one property, evacuated people from flooded streets, and checked residents to make sure they were safe in their homes.

A high volume pump was used on Monday at Keswick Rugby Club to flush out water and the fire service said that there were more than 2,500 homes without power in Cumbria.

Cheshire fire crews spent the day evacuating people from flooded homes, while on Tuesday, Congleton firefighters used pumps to remove water from Carlisle Civic Hall’s basement.

A fire service spokesman said: “The mission is to help in the efforts to rescue people from the devastating impact of the flood waters, and also to provide support to Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service.” (Liverpool Echo, 9 December)

“"I also want to pay tribute to the many volunteers who by offering food, transport and support to their neighbours showed a community spirit that all of Scotland can be proud of.” (Daily Record, 8 December)

As the Year of Mercy dawns, mercy visited the flooded towns and villages of Scotland, Cumbria and Lancashire.

The thoughts and prayers of everybody associated with Redemptorist Publications are with all those who have been affected by Storm Desmond; those whose homes and property have been damaged; rescuers and helpers. May God give you all the comfort, support and strength that you need at this time.



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