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Bulford soldiers help save flood victims in Herefordshire

Bulford soldiers help save flood victims in Herefordshire

Published by Jack Deery at 12:24pm 24th February 2020. (Updated at 1:09pm 24th February 2020)

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After Storms Ciara and Dennis, the county suffered bad flooding after heavy rainfall led to rivers bursting their banks.

Troops from Bulford-based '5 Rifles' were called to Herefordshire last week to help people affected by the poor weather conditions. 

They arrived last Monday (17th February) and were there for four days, saving two lives during their stay.

Bulford soldiers in Herefordshire helping with floods
They were there for four days helping the county after the floods

Firstly, they were called into action after an elderly female resident at a nearby care home was needed to be evacuated in order to receive dialysis treatment.

The soldiers drove through the flooded streets, successfully got the woman out and took her to a safe medical point four miles away. 

Bulford soldiers in Herefordshire helping with floods
They helped save one elderly woman who needed important treatment

A couple of days later, they carried out another recovery operation, rescuing a lady with heart problems from the same place. 

They also helped the care home staff get to and from work. 

Bulford soldiers in Herefordshire helping with floods
The unit say they are ready to return if needed

The Commanding Officer of 5 Rifles, Lt Col Jim Hadfield, said:

"I am pleased how our Riflemen, with their specialist skills and equipment, have helped with the multi-agency flood response in Herefordshire.

The Army prides itself in being ready to assist the people of the nation in times of need."

They say the unit remains ready to deploy to the area again, if the floods return. 

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