Young RRT assist with St Jude storm clear-up

Plymouth Brethren - Rapid Relief TEam

Young helpers from the Hertfordshire and Barnet congregations of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church banded together to form a joint Rapid Relief Team (RRT) effort, after the impact of the debilitating storm, St Jude, on Monday 28th October 2013. The aftermath of the turbulent winds and rain left a messy carpet of strewn debris, including sizeable uprooted trees, making road and pavement access difficult and dangerous in many areas.

Plymouth Brethren - Rapid Relief TEam

The storm St Jude made landfall on the UK’s south east coast late on that Monday evening, with heavy rain and battering winds in excess of 80mph. A trail of destruction was left in its wake, with extensive damage unfolding as the storm travelled, cutting power lines as it passed. Widespread disruptions were also seen on public transport, with cancellations for air, rail and train services throughout the south of the country. Four people were reported to have been killed during the storm.

Plymouth brethren - RRT

The team were organised to assist the local council, easing the backlog of essential clear-up work. The storm had blocked access for essential services and had left many people vulnerable and isolated. A large number of trees had uprooted and fallen during the storm, which had caused blocked roads and damage to vehicles. The RRT young men assisted officials to chop and remove dispersed trees on the roads, enabling emergency services to allow access again.

Plymouth Brethren - RRT

The storm also brought down many power and telephone lines, adding to the council’s increased workload. The RRT operated alongside British Telecom workers, clearing away trees and debris littering access roads, so that BT were able to reconnect damaged telephone lines. The relief work was mainly concentrated within the Hertfordshire area, on roads and lanes throughout the countryside. The young team of Brethren men were also dispatched to attend a clearing mission at Welwyn Garden City, where several large trees had fallen and caused closed roads and obstructed pathways.

Plymouth Brethren - RRT

It was enjoyable and rewarding for all the young Brethren men to experience being involved in this type of community-based work, and they are looking forward to helping out in the future wherever the need takes them. That is the primary aim of the vision behind the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church’s Rapid Relief Team: to provide support to communities in times of need.

Plymouth Brethren - RRT

Plymouth Brethren - RRT

Thanks – Robin & Christine


16 thoughts on “Young RRT assist with St Jude storm clear-up”

  1. eRTe says:

    Good work!

  2. South Yorkshire Lass says:

    Nice wellie boots fin! 🙂

  3. Jon Bon says:

    Stihl must do well out of these guys…

  4. ozzie cuz says:

    Go Garth S and your Landrover!!

  5. AD5hj says:

    Great work you boys…!!!

  6. BT says:

    Well done Barnet RRT! Keep up the good work!

  7. PEANUT says:

    good to see you doing somthing useful cuzzies!!!!!

  8. EN says:

    Wow – Ride the storm!

  9. Aussie Spook says:

    Anyone feel like coming over and cutting a load of firewood like that for me???? Incident reponse vehicles like that should be able to pull the UK out of any crisis. Hope you didn’t miss too much sleep boys!

  10. Wills Mate says:

    Cracking stuff Will and James G… such a good job… beauty of a landy as well..

  11. Bloke says:

    Well done boys…!!
    Will, Garth, Jim, Mark, Daniel & Findley…
    ….just to get them all mentioned!!

  12. says:

    well done Will and James G (and others)
    must say, its good fun

  13. Bobert says:

    Brilliant work – we really appreciated it. Your energy and strength was amazing!

    1. Aussie Spook says:

      Especially the energy radiating from that orange and yellow Hi-Vis!!!

  14. Best of British says:

    nice one WG & Co…!
    love the landy…!

  15. Chef says:

    Well done boys!!!! Excellent effort – it’s amazingly rewarding helping out in times like this:)

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