Staffordshire Police is working closely with partners, the Civil Contingencies Unit, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Staffordshire County Council, Stoke-on-Trent City Council and the Highways Agency, to keep people safe and out of harm’s way.
Staffordshire Police are dealing with unprecedented numbers of calls this evening as the winds continue to affect the county. Between 5.30pm and 8pm our call takers have been busier than on a typical New Year’s Eve. They have taken 425 999 calls and 691 calls to the non-emergency number 101.
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are also very busy with calls and have officers and crews attending large numbers of incidents including unsafe structures across Staffordshire. Some fire crews and appliances have also been deployed to other parts of the United Kingdom which are suffering from some of the worst flooding.
To keep an overview of the situation, an operations centre was opened a few hours ago at Police HQ in Stafford, where all partner agencies efforts are being coordinated.