More rescue teams sent to help with the flood relief effort in York

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More water rescue teams from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue arrived in North Yorkshire on Wednesday, December 30, to help with the flood relief effort.

A team of 12 specially trained firefighters from Gainsborough and Sleaford stations have joined six firefighters from Spalding already in York, taking extra boats and rescue equipment.

Group Manager Tim Joyce, who is at the county’s central command centre, said: “We’ve had a crew from Spalding in the York and Leeds areas since Boxing day, rescuing people and animals from their homes and taking them to safety. For example, we’ve rescued a number of people and their pets from narrow boats in Leeds City Centre, as well as helping to keep vulnerable people safe in York.

“We’ve now got three specialist boat crews in the York area, helping communities affected by flooding – in fact, two crews – Spalding and Sleaford – have just been sent to the Tadcaster Bridge area to help protect the infrastructure which has been affected by flooding.

“The rain continues to come down, and significant rainfall is expected later today in North Yorkshire and Scotland, so we will continue to work alongside crews from across the country to help keep communities protected.”

On the work in the command centre, Tim added: “Here in the command centre, we are helping to balance Lincolnshire’s needs with those of the country - we provide as much assistance as we can, whilst working to keep the community of Lincolnshire safe.”