12:22 Friday 14 February 2014

Weather effects - large amount of 999 calls made

Written bySARAH BOULD

THE HEAVY rain and high winds of the last few days has seen an increase in the amount of calls to the emergency services. When the winds were at their highest Staffordshire Police received what the force called ‘an unprecedented number of calls’ with 425 999 calls made in just two and a half hours.

The high call volumes meant they were busier than on a typical New Year’s Eve.

They also took 691 calls to the non-emergency number 101.

Meanwhile, parents struggled to get their children to Findern Primary School this week because of flooding along Heath Lane between Willington Road and Buckford Lane.

It came just days after the school had to close after a heating system failure.

As the adverse weather continues police are working closely with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Staffordshire Civil Contingencies Unit, Staffordshire County Council and the Highways Agency, to keep people safe and out of harm’s way.

The police have asked that people only call 999 if a serious injury has been caused or if there is a threat of serious injury or danger to someone’s life.

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