British Red Cross volunteers at Undercliff Drive. Picture courtesy of Sylvi King, British Red Cross.
JUST a week after helping flood victims in Surrey, British Red Cross volunteers from the Isle of Wight found themselves in action closer to home, helping Undercliff Drive residents evacuate.
A spokeswoman said life would eventually return to normal for most flooding victims, but the landslip-hit residents faced the threat of never being able to return to their homes because it was too dangerous.
Volunteers from the charity worked with the Isle of Wight Council, Island Roads, the army and coastguards to move residents’ possessions to safety.
Volunteer Louise Randall said: "We are here if people want to talk but right now what they really need is practical help, packing their things into boxes, so that is what we have been doing."
Teams have had to carry boxes beyond the landslip, where removal vans have been waiting to take the items into storage.
Larger and bulkier items, such as dining chairs or pictures, have been taken away by a trailer towed by a quad-bike, which was just able to fit along the narrow strip of road that remains, the charity said.
For more on the Undercliff landslip situation, please see the Isle of Wight County Press today, Friday, February 21.