6 December 2015 - Major Incident declared due to Cumbria & Lancashire floods This weekend, NWAS has been operating under extremely challenging circumstances with severe floods in Cumbria and Lancashire preventing access to many parts of the counties. Despite there being no casualties reported as a direct result of the floods, the Trust declared a major incident on 5 December at 1700 hours and remains in place. We are working closely with our colleagues in the NHS, Cumbria Police, Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service and other agencies to assist local communities as best we can. We would ask the public to only call 999 in cases of life-threatening or potentially life-threatening emergencies as it is important that we keep ambulances free for those in urgent need. Because of the road closures, many people will experience delays in an ambulance reaching them. If you have called 999, we will be with you as soon as we can unless we have advised you of any other alternatives. For helpful basic medical advice, please visit nhs choices website.