The scene during the flood at Hathersage. Photo: Edale MRT

The scene during the flood at Hathersage. Photo: Edale MRT

A mountain rescue team was called out after heavy rainfall left part of a Peak District village flooded.

Edale Mountain Rescue Team was alerted on Monday evening following a request from the ambulance service for the team’s help at Hathersage.

Team leader James Stubley said: “Our deputy team leader and one of our team doctors were already tasked on behalf of the ambulance service to a 999 call.

“What they found on their arrival in the village was unusual to say the least. The team is becoming used to assisting our colleagues from the region and further afield with flood response but it is unusual in our primary area.

“On arrival at School Lane, our two members were confronted with chest deep flood water.

“With roofs of vehicles only just visible, they worked with Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service’s water rescue unit from Buxton. Residents in the immediate vicinity and vehicle occupants were recovered to safety.

“As the team contacted its Defra-trained water members for their availability, it was decided that the wider risk was minimal at this present time. The team has a dedicated group of team members trained to national standards, we currently have nine members trained to module three – swiftwater & flood rescue technician and currently six members to module two – water first responder.

“As well as flood response with other statutory service colleagues, water group members also ensure the team remain as safe as possible when conducting searches of water environments for missing persons.”

The water-trained team members remained on standby during the night.

Mr Stubley said: “Our colleagues in Oldham Mountain Rescue Team and Glossop Mountain Rescue Team have both also been deployed to assist North West Ambulance Service and also remain actively on standby to assist if required.

“The team urges all drivers to take note of traffic updates and flood warnings and remain safe during their travels.”

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