Camping and Caravanning Club reacts fast to extreme weather conditions
Three touring campsites and two holiday home caravan parks across The Camping and Caravanning Club network have evacuated everyone on site, following a weekend in which Storm Desmond brought high winds, torrential rain and flooding to parts of the UK.
Fortunately, the team at the Club’s Keswick and Derwentwater (The Oval/Walker Park) touring sites in the Lake District, and at Boroughbridge in North Yorkshire, were able to relocate most of the evacuated campers at nearby Club Sites.
Bob Hill, the Club’s Sites Director, said: “The Club has robust procedures in place for just such eventualities, and our team was able to respond accordingly.
“Of course it’s regrettable that the extreme conditions ruined the enjoyment of our visitors and led to evacuations at five of our Sites, but our thoughts are also with all those people who have been impacted by flooding so close to Christmas.
“The Club would like to thank both the Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service and the Environment Agency for being on hand and reacting quickly to rising water levels.”
"But I'd also like to say a special thanks to the Sites teams at the Keswick complex and at Boroughbridge for their hard work in difficult circumstances."
The Club’s Keswick Site took steps on Thursday 3 December to remove any risk of harm by cancelling bookings and finding alternative accommodation for customers already on site.
As a new record was set for the amount of rainfall in just 24 hours in parts of Cumbria, conditions worsened rapidly and required close monitoring and speedy action by Club Site staff.
In North Yorkshire, the Club’s Boroughbridge site reported flooding on Friday 4 December, and many campers were moved to the higher parts of the site.
The Club asks that owners of holiday homes at its Lakeside and Derwentwater Caravan Parks do not visit either location until further notice. Further updates will be released as the teams there gather more information.
Visitors who have advance bookings to stay at the Club’s Keswick, Derwentwater or Boroughbridge Club Sites are invited to call the Club’s Contact Centre on 024 7647 5426 to check current on-site conditions.
Bookings for the next several days are not being taken at those Lake District touring sites to enable faster on-site refurbishment work to take place.
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