Woman trapped in vehicle by flood water

Fire service photo of flooding in Sulby

Fire service photo of flooding in Sulby

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A woman was trapped in her vehicle by flood water in Sulby Claddagh this morning (Monday).

The fire service’s water rescue team and a rescue appliance from Ramsey station were called out at 11.30am.

Firefighters were able to lead the woman to safety with the help of a member of the public and their four-wheel-drive vehicle.

The river had burst its banks and flooded the area. Conditions were described as treacherous.

The area has now been closed to the public until the water subsides.

A fire service spokesman said: ‘We would like to remind the public to take extra care and expect water run-off and floods on all roads. Do not drive through flooded areas as the depth of the water can be deceptive.’

Ramsey and Kirk Michael crews have, with the help from the Civil Defence, also dealt with a number of calls to properties flooding in the north of the island.

Sandbags and in one case a light portable pump had to be used to stop water entering one property.

The fire service urged householders to keep drains and gullies clear of debris.

Department of Infrastructure and emergency services have received a number of requests for sandbags.

The department said the public could ‘self-prepare’ for such events by collecting a ‘small number’ of sandbags free of charge from their local civic amenity site.

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