Work of rescue services is praised by minister

Juan Watterson MHK

Juan Watterson MHK

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Home Affairs Minister Juan Watterson has praised the work of the emergency services in responding to the recent severe weather.

Police, the fire and rescue service, the Emergency Services Joint Control Room and the Civil Defence Unit were at the forefront of efforts to deal with problems caused by the worst tidal flooding in a decade.

They worked alongside officers from the Department of Infrastructure, Water and Sewerage Authority, coastguards and ambulance service to help householders and businesses affected by the storm surges.

As the big clean-up operation continued, Mr Watterson said: ‘The severe weather brought the work of the emergency services into sharp focus and once again they responded in a professional and effective manner.

‘Officers dealt with flooding at several locations across the island and helped to get traffic moving and people back to their properties as soon as it was safe to do so. Public safety is always our primary concern, particularly when vulnerable members of the community are affected.’

He added: ‘The flooding was accurately predicted by the Met Office, so officers from a number of government agencies were able to work together to put contingency measures in place. There are always lessons to be learned from major incidents such as this and we will be reviewing our planning and response procedures in the time ahead.’

Meanwhile, the Water and Sewerage Authority is asking the public to send in their pictures of the flooding.

A message on the authority’s Facebook page said: ‘We would like to ask the public for assistance in updating its flood records.

‘We are looking for photos of the coastal flooding events on January 3 and 6. Of particular interest are photos of the flood extent in Laxey and Peel, and photos of internal property flooding or flood levels in any of the coastal towns affected.’

You can email your photos to, including the location and date.

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