Rescue team supports Cumbria

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Members of the Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team were mobilised to Cumbria last weekend after Storm Desmond battered the county.

More than 2,000 homes and businesses in Cumbria were flooded as a record amount of rain fell in the 24 hours between Friday and Saturday evenings. It measured 341mm in Honister, which is more than a month’s worth of rainfall in just one day.

Almost 60,000 homes in the county were left without power throughout Sunday as the floods damaged sub-stations and water supplies in a number of main towns were also affected by flood water.

The team were deployed to Cumbria for 24 hours to assist fellow mountain rescuers from across the north of England, plus local emergency services.

The team said: “Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team would like to thank thank Calderdale Council for the loan of the boat that proved a stalwart lifeline in numerous rescues.

“Thanks also to the many Mountain and Cave Rescue Team volunteers who consistently turnout to assist those in danger without question - but most importantly, thank you to local community and businesses who fed and looked after our rescue teams in very difficult and challenging circumstances.

“Our message to Cumbria - our hearts go out to all those affected by the events over the last few days. Keep strong, be resilient and stay safe.”

The team included six swiftwater rescue technicians, one doctor, two drivers and one co-ordinator.

Donations can be made to the Cumbria flood appeal via campaign.justgiving.com/charity/cumbriafoundation/cumbriafloodappeal2015