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Amazing fire service response as terminally ill woman among those rescued from floods

Come hell or high water – our emergency services won’t let you down!

Well, that mantra held has been holding firm over the last number of days as flooding wreaks havoc across Co Armagh, with Newry and Portadown bearing the brunt!

For three days, NI Fire and Rescue Service have been dealing with calls – almost 200 since Monday!

Around noon today, NIFRS were called to assist a terminally ill woman in Portadown, who had become trapped in her home, just off the Garvaghy Road. One resident contacted Armagh I to heap praise on their response.

In another incident– just after 9am on Wednesday morning – firefighters were called to a water rescue at Craigavon Lakes.

A NIFRS spokesperson said: “Two appliances from Lurgan Fire Station and NIFRS Specialist Rescue Team from Central Fire Station attended the incident.

“Firefighters were called to reports of a water rescue in Craigavon Lake. The casualty was out of the water upon arrival and transferred to the care of Northern Ireland Ambulance Service. The incident was dealt with at 10.30am.”

There have been many other examples – the sound of sirens has been non-stop for days now, and they continue to ring out. All with the backdrop of Hallowe’en to contend with too.

NIFRS say they are still dealing with a number of water related incidents, including flooding, water rescues, water in electrics and animal rescues.

NIFRS is reminding the public that in the event of serious flooding to phone the NI Flooding Incident Line on 0300 2000 100. If there is a risk to life dial 999 immediately.

Related: ABC Council says emergency response continues amid ‘distressing time’ for borough

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