Firefighters praised for their quick response to help flood victims

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THESE are the firefighters praised by Thorne residents for their prompt response to the cloudburst which left homes under nine inches of floodwater.

They were just returning to their station on Union Road on Wednesday when they saw the flooding in Plantation Road and went into action after being flagged down. Group Manager Stewart Layhe, of South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, said: “The crew had already been out on another flooding call and as they turned into the road near the station they met some residents asking for help, so they started pumping what they could into the canal. They didn’t have to wait for a 999 call in this instance and have done a great job.”

Acting Chief Inspector Richard Collingwood said the incident in Orchard Street was “declared critical” and police officers coordinated the situation to ensure affected properties were monitored.

“A few roads were closed and a number of residents on Plantation Road chose to leave their property and found alternative accommodation with relatives.”