Council Community Protection Officers rescue residents from flooding

Friday 22 November 2019 Council Community Protection Officers rescue residents from flooding


Following the heavy rain on Thursday 14th November, three Ashfield District Council Community Protection Officers (CPO) rescued two residents trapped in their cars on Mill Lane.

Community Protection Officers were on patrol when they came across the flooded Mill Lane in Kirkby. The water was approximately three foot deep and a resident was stuck in her car in the water. The two CPOs managed to get the resident to safety.

After rescuing the first stuck resident, they called their colleague to assist and contacted the police to block the road. During this time another resident managed to drive into the flood water. The car was submerged up to the windows with a female and her 17 month old baby trapped inside. The CPOs acted quickly to rescue them both from the car and get them into the safety of their patrol car until they could be transported home.

They then returned and recovered the car after the flood water went down.

Theresa Hodgkinson, Director of Place and Communities at Ashfield District Council, said “The quick thinking of the Community Protection Officers saved those residents from getting into real trouble. They showed courage and acted on instinct. All three are a credit to Ashfield District Council, we are extremely proud of them and thankful for their actions.”