Crews respond to floods in Ayrshire
22 December 2014
Water rescue teams evacuated 42 people from supermarket in Kilmarnock and crews led more than 30 from a train stranded near Mauchline.
Firefighters attended 11 flood-related incidents in Ayrshire this morning as crews worked to rescue people and clear water from properties.
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) teams used two rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) to ferry 42 people to safety after floodwater left them stranded in a supermarket in Kilmarnock.
The incident at the Asda store in Queens Drive began shortly after 6:10am when a call from the supermarket reported customers and staff in need of rescue.
First responders from Kilmarnock and Newmilns community fire stations requested the specialist water rescue resources, which were sent from Polmadie in Glasgow’s Southside.
The firefighters worked with Asda staff to conduct a safe and orderly rescue that saw all 42 people ferried across the water.
No-one was injured as a result of the incident but Scottish Ambulance Service personnel provided precautionary check-ups to those involved.
Police Scotland officers were in attendance and alerted SFRS crews to the possibility of people being inside a caravan that was stranded nearby.
Firefighters used a RIB to access the caravan and confirm no-one was inside.
Earlier this morning SFRS crews led more than 30 people to safety after a train became stranded in approximately five feet of water around half-a-mile south of Mauchline.
Appliances from Mauchline and Cumnock were mobilised to the incident, which began around 00:20am.
Firefighters used ladders to create a three-meter bridge from a carriage, which allowed those onboard to be led to safety by firefighters and railway personnel.
Two people reported having sustained injuries and they received precautionary check-ups from paramedics at the scene.
An SFRS spokesperson said: “Floodwater poses hidden dangers and people should avoid walking or driving through it.
“It may appear safe but you can’t see hazards beneath the surface or even potentially strong currents. Around six inches of water can be enough to knock an adult off their feet.
“Even when standing water has cleared the surfaces are of course likely to be slippery for some time, which means drivers are more likely to lose control and need greater distances to stop safely.
“We would urge people to stay aware of the conditions, exercise caution and obviously follow any advice from local authorities and the police.”