Woman rescued from rising flood water
AN elderly woman had to be rescued from her home on the banks of the River Avon in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Firefighters were called to Riverside in Tiddington yesterday (Thursday) evening.
The home of the woman in her 80s was surrounded by rising water and Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service's specialist boat crew from Rugby were called in to take her to safety.
She was checked by paramedics and is now staying in a local hotel as a temporary measure.
A Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: "The fire service were called by an 80-year-old resident whose home was surrounded by approximately 18 inches of water which was still rising.
"She was unable to safely exit her home.
"Several other properties were also affected, but the occupiers were happy to remain in their homes at this time and wait for the waters to recede."
"Firefighters in dry suits and boats were deployed to assist the elderly resident, who was safely rescued by fire service personnel.
"She was checked by the ambulance service and is now staying in a local hotel as a temporary measure. The fire service and Environment Agency are currently monitoring the river levels throughout the county."
Flood warnings remain in place on most rivers that run through Stratford-on-Avon district.
In Stratford, the racecourse, cricket club, boat club, bowls club, much of the Rec and the children's play area are under several metres of water this evening.