Red One has been actively involved in the provision of boat crew for humanitarian relief work following the recent major flooding incident across the Somerset levels in the UK.
The village of Muchelney, near Langport in Somerset was completely surrounded and cut-off by flood waters as the River Parrett burst its banks following weeks of heavy rain in December. Described as a once in an lifetime event, the scale of flooding was unprecedented, with scores of homes inundated with flood water and thousands of residents affected.
Somerset County Council Civil Contingencies Unit contacted Red One to enquire whether its would be possible for the company to make a staff provision of specially trained swift water rescue boat operators to man a boat that had been made available to the Council to help residents affected by the flooding.
We contacted our trained boat operators and within two days were able to provide a rota of staff to man and safely operate the boat for the residents.The purpose of the relief boat was to provide a means of transport from the village, through the deep flood waters to the neighbouring town on Langport. Children were able to continue to go to school, residents could make their way to and from work and vital food and medical supplies could be transported back to the village. The Royal Mail postman was also taken across each day to complete his rounds.
This work commenced on January 9th 2014 and the boat operated almost every day, between 08:00 to 16:30, until March 5th 2014, a total of 56 days of operation.
The residents of Muchelney were very pleased to have access to this free boat service, which enabled them to continue to go to work, school or to attend medical appointments etc.