20 October 2023

The Team’s water group was deployed for the flooding in Rothbury as Storm Babet hit the North East on Friday evening. Pre-plans had been initiated the day before, after information shared through the Northumbria Local Resilience Forum indicated that Rothbury and Morpeth might be affected by flooding.

As River Coquet rose faster and higher than anticipated, a multiagency response was implemented as the rising water presented a risk to residents and properties in Rothbury. The response involved Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service, Northumbria Police, North East Ambulance Service, Northumberland County Council, the Environment Agency, HM Coastguard and Mountain Rescue.

The Team was involved in helping to sandbag houses in the Maltings, Riverside and Armstrong Cottages areas of the village, assist residents accessing and egressing their properties, transporting a carer to Snitter and checking on the well-being of an elderly couple whose house had been flooded in a similar area.

The support of the local councillor and the local community was fantastic. Team members were well fed and watered by the Turks Head Rothbury, the Rothbury Co-op and a local baker. The chocolate cake was delicious! Thank you.

A job well done by all involved.

The incident involved 15 Team members for 6 hours 45 minutes.