Wells flood wardens have been praised for their work to keep people safe during Thursday’s drama.

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Wells flood team co-ordinators Mike and Marie Strong commended the team of around 20 volunteers, who visited residents and businesses along East Quay, Quayside and Freeman Street, providing information and warning of the dangers ahead.

Mr Strong said: “We greatly commend the unpaid flood warden volunteers for their persistence in warning and informing the residents in the areas of the town at risk.

“On a day that at times proved sunny with not a hint of a storm it was sometimes difficult to persuade residents that a dangerous situation was to come.

“Ensuring that every resident was contacted either by phone or by a visit these wardens were able to report to the control centre staff what each household was intending to do – some homes were visited several times until contact could be made.

“The staff of the control centre, consisting of a volunteer communications assistant and clerical assistant, spent the whole day recording in great detail the information the wardens brought in to ensure that all residents were accounted for.

“The wardens had a long day’s work – attending their briefing in the early hours of the morning and working throughout the day finishing off with a final debrief after the full height of the tide.”

Mrs Strong added: “I would also to express my gratitude to the police and the retained fire fighters who assisted us in our tasks. The support they provided could not be faulted.”

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