Monday 3rd April was our official launch event for our vehicle and we had over 30 attendees representing over 10 partner organisations who were supporting us. It was great to welcome our VIPs including our Town Mayor and Michelle Donelan MP to the event who cut our ribbon.
Everyone Gathered for the official Ceremony
The Vehicle Ready for its Special Day
Thank you to everyone who made it such a special day for us all
A great day was had on Saturday testing our lifejackets at the Bradford on Avon Swimming Pool. A Good chance to put this vital new kit through its paces, feel comfortable in the water wearing it as well as practicing our water rescue techniques.
Getting kitted up ready to go in
Many thanks to our volunteer Peter Larkin for running the session in house for us
After 48hrs on duty with the Environment Agency watching over the temporary flood barriers we are now stood down. The flood alert is still active although the river levels are dropping. The EA are removing the barriers this evening and we will continue to keep an eye on the river as it remains on alert.
This is our second alert this year and a good test of our response, equipment, and systems. Thankfully the river did not go over the banks in the centre of town although the Bridge and Holt Road at Staverton have been flooded with reports of vehicles stuck and drivers needing to be rescued. (When will people learn not to ignore the signs!)
With the rain still falling rivers are set to rise although looking at the weather radar the worst of the heavy rain seems to be running up to the west of us in Devon and Cornwall. We are monitoring the online river gauge at Westwood to see how the river levels are reacting to this additional downpour. Keep upto date via our twitter feed @BoATCCEVs