Flooding in Glenridding and Patterdale

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Patterdale MRT has attended over 50 incidents during the flooding in 100 hours

On Saturday 5th December 2015, Storm Desmond crashed into the UK, producing the UK’s highest ever 24 hour rainfall total at 341.4mm. It flooded the Lakeland village Glenridding, which was just starting to repair when another period of heavy rain on Wednesday 9th December caused the Glenridding Beck to burst its banks, causing yet further destruction. This shot taken on Friday 11th December shows a road in Glenridding washed sideways by the force of the floods, with a Patterdale mountain Rescue Team Land Rover crossing.

photo: Ashley Cooper. LAMRT www.globalwarmingimages.net

Patterdale MRT has attended over 50 incidents in the last 100 hours, including evacuating a pregnant woman, dealing with a heart attack patient and evacuating a care home in Appleby. We have also undertaken multiple flood rescues and assisted the Steamer, Lady Wakefield, when she suffered damage to her hull and began taking on water after breaking moorings on Ullswater. On Saturday we plan to put our base back together after the damage from the flood and try and sort all of our equipment.’

Flooding link from BBC news 

Website – brief report – Friday 11 December

 Thank you to everyone who has been in touch since the weekend of Storm Desmond. Fortunately, after almost a week of deluge and associated damage, everyone seems to be safe and well, if not necessarily dry!

You’ll have seen in the media just some of the devastation across Cumbria and the north of England, including the flooding and damage in Glenridding and the lack of a bridge in Pooley Bridge, so you’ll know that it’s been a busy week or so for the Team.

Even before the second round of Glenridding flooding, we’d had the incident log open for 101 hours and responded to more than 50 jobs. There’s been great support throughout from our colleagues in the paid emergency services and from everyone in our local community, including those with diggers and plant helping to clear debris. We’ve also had a lot of help from our neighbouring Mountain Rescue teams.

You may have seen reports of flooding at our Rescue Centre. This was nothing compared to the damage to people’s homes and businesses in the valley and we’ll soon have it cleared up and back to normal. It helps that the design of Ogilvie House means that a lot of the critical equipment that keeps us running is based upstairs!

We hope that this brief update reassures you and, if you don’t already Follow us on Twitter or Like us on Facebook, it’s worth a look as these are easy ways for us to keep you up to date with progress and news. Thank you

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