Flood water brings challenges - The Evesham Observer

Flood water brings challenges

Evesham Editorial 5th Apr, 2018   0

SHEEP trapped by the rising flood waters in Drakes Broughton were rescued by RSPCA officers in a dramatic intervention last weekend.

A weekend wash out has seen water levels rise across the Vale and called on inspectors from the animal welfare charity together with a team from the Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service to save the nine stricken sheep on Saturday (March 31).

The RSPCA has around 60 officers trained and equipped to deal with flood-stricken animals across the country.

In addition to personnel the RSPCA also has a fleet of 35 inflatable boats, sea boats, and portable roll away boats to help rescue animals as well as deliver vital supplies such as food and water to stranded herds of horses and cattle.

Water rescue team members undergo an initial week-long swift water technician course with a refresher every year and a recertification every three years. The charity is also part of Defra’s National Flood Response Team.

RSPCA inspector Jack Alderson, who helped to rescue the sheep, said: “Flooding can affect wildlife, farm livestock and pets alike so it’s crucial that we have RSPCA inspectors who are specifically trained to carry out these rescues. Not only does it help animals but it can also potentially stop people putting themselves in danger.”

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