Flood devastation in Cumbria: from January 7 to 9 Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service dealt with around 800 incidents in the severely affected area around Carlisle. Fire control staff dealt with 11,000 calls and 48 of the 50 front line appliances were deployed in the biggest major emergency the county has seen in decades.(Incident Report)

CFO MICK ELLIOTT EXPRESSED HIS appreciation for the tremendous response by all personnel of Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service during the weekend of unprecedented bad weather. He told FIRE: "The severe weather conditions which affected the county from the early evening of Friday January 7 with gates of 70 to 80 miles an hour and gusts of over 100 miles an hour mixed with over 200 millimetres of rain resulted in extensive flooding and storm damage throughout Cumbria and involved the fire and rescue service in extensive operations."

Spate conditions resulted in around 800 incidents being dealt with between approximately 1900 on January 7 up to Sunday January 9.

Over 400 incidents were attended by fire and rescue service personnel within that 48 hour period. The main issue dealt with was obviously the flooding which severely affected Carlisle, Appleby, Penrith, Keswick and Cockermouth with the fire and rescue service being involved in the evacuation of residents in the majority of those areas. …

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