A 52-year-old Worcestershire estate agent worked throughout Sunday afternoon and into the small hours of Monday morning to help those affected by flooding created by Storm Dennis.
Andrew Hipkiss, who is a partner in 90-year-old family-run estate agency Walton & Hipkiss based in Hagley, near Stourbridge, has been a member of the local voluntary-based Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA) for three years.
He was called out on Sunday afternoon at 3pm to take over from exhausted crews who had just finished a long shift helping with flooding in Tenbury Wells on the River Teme.
The estate agent then worked a straight 15-hour shift before returning home at 6am to catch up with his sleep before returning to work yesterday.
Tenbury Wells is a market town near the Malvern Hills and has been particularly badly hit by floods; all of its 130 homes have been evacuated and much of the town centre has been under water.
It has half a dozen estate agents but at least two, Fine & Country and McCartneys, are on a road that has been severely flooded in recent days.
Andrew Hipkiss is a director of Walton & Hipkiss along with his brother Christopher. Their grandfather established the company in 1929 and although it now has three branches, the agency’s head office remains at its original site in Hagley.
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