RSPCA water rescue teams on standby as Storm Christoph approaches.
Animal owners and farmers are being urged to prepare for flooding after flood alerts were issued across England and a major incident was declared in South Yorkshire.
The RSPCA says that its specialist water rescue teams have been put on standby until the end of the week after forecasters warned of widespread flooding resulting from Storm Christoph.
RSPCA water rescue team coordinator Jason Finch said: “Today (Tuesday 19 January) the Environment Agency has issued 17 flood warnings and 121 flood alerts across England and the Met Office issued an amber weather warning for rain across the North, Midlands and East. A major incident has also been declared in South Yorkshire.
“Forecasters are warning that Storm Christoph could bring up to 200mm of rain in parts of the country. This amount of rainfall along with melting snow from previous cold weather could cause flooding so we’re urging pet owners, horse and livestock keepers, and farmers to prepare.
“Planning an escape route before flooding hits can make a big difference if you find yourself in an emergency situation. Flood water can rise very quickly and animals can be extremely vulnerable so it’s really important that we plan ahead for all eventualities.”
RSPCA's water rescue team responded to some 250 calls in 2020 as a result of storms Ciara, Dennis and Jorge. The animal welfare charity forms part of Defra’s National Flood Response Team and has around 65 specially trained officers and a fleet of 35 inflatable boats.
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