Operation horse rescue launched on A40 at Over
Fire and rescue crews worked with the RSPCA today to ensure horses stranded in floodwater at Walham were given the urgent treatment they needed
The horses, at Severnside Farm, had been isolated by the rising waters and farmers were unable to get food to them.
This morning police closed the stretch of the A40 at Over Causeway before fire and rescue crews used their equipment to lower bales of hay from the bridge to the farmland below.
In total, 10 bales were lowered to be taken to the animals, which were nearby on dry land.
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Rescue teams then worked to ferry members of the RSPCA and a vet to the horses, which weren’t accessible except over floodwater.
The animals, some of which had become dehydrated, were checked over and treated when necessary.
Gloucestershire’s Chief Fire Officer Jon Hall said: “Though the worst of the floods has now passed, our firefighters are out in the county every day, making sure that residents and animals are safe.
“In this case, our crews were on site for a number of hours to make sure that the horses were fed and safe. It was a fantastic effort and a good example of the very varied responses that the county council is providing to isolated communities at this time.”