Kind-hearted volunteers rallied to the rescue on Saturday and Sunday, helping to speed up the delivery of water to Leighton-Linslade residents.
On December 14, as Anglian Water battled to fix a faulty valve, Beds and Cambs 4×4 Response and Midshires Search and Rescue were helping to give out bottled water to grateful families queuing at Tesco, in Vimy Road.
“You don’t realise just how dependant we are on water.”
However, with the problem still not fixed on Sunday, further reinforcements were called in, with the 4×4 Response team working hard to deliver water from the Brooklands site (where water had returned) to Tesco, while the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA), of Milton Keynes, helped at Vimy Road.
Graham added: “On Sunday morning at 8.30am there were 200 people waiting for water, but not many palettes – and one palette only serves 40 people – so the 4×4 Response fetched more from MK.
“Meanwhile, the guys from AMYA were running water straight to people’s cars, turning round in five minutes what had been taking one hour.”
Local Youth leader from AMYA, Saeed Nazir, said: “Whether it’s flooding, fires or any other disaster. Let our neighbours know that we will help you on every occasion as it is our religious obligation to go above and beyond for our neighbours.
“Regardless of whether you are Muslim or not, we are there to help our fellow brothers and sisters.”
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