Dear all,The last twenty four hours have been both unexpected and unprecedented in the way Greater Manchester suffered at the impact of the flooding and the way in which our public services, utilities and individual volunteers, working together, responded to the challenge.
Fortunately there has been no loss of life or recorded serious injury which is hard to believe but is a measure of theÂ response provided by all those involved.
All our thoughts are with those whose Christmas was destroyed when they were driven from the homes or are now trying to put those homes and lives back together.
But I want to offer my special thanks to all those in our Fire and Rescue Service who were there to help those in need when that need was at its greatest. The public are rightly grateful to each and everyone for little acts of kindness through to the response needed that made people feel safe and helped them know that things would be alright.
I know both David Acton, Chair of GMFRS, and Peter O'Reilly, Chief Fire Officer, join me in our gratitude. There are simply too many great stories and too many people to thank individually. So on behalf of the people of Greater Manchester many thanksÂ to you all.
Tony LloydGreater Manchester MayorÂ