Flash floods prompt deluge of 999 calls


Heavy rainfall in Hastings prompted a number of 999 calls to East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service this afternoon (August 24).

Among these was a call to a property in White Rock, where flooding was affecting the electrics. Firefighters pumped out the water.

Flooding also affected the electrics at an address in West Hill Road, with fire crews clearing the drains and isolating the electrics.

Meanwhile there were reports of ‘substantial’ flooding affecting the electrics in a basement flat on Church Road.

A spokesperson for East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said: “During extreme weather, we prioritise calls where lives may be at risk through a risk of fire or other emergencies.

“For example when flood water is affecting electrics in buildings, where a building or structure has become dangerous to passers-by or when there has been a road traffic collision.

“Where lives are not at immediate risk, a number of other organisations may be better placed to help.”

Find out how to report blocked drains here: https://www.gov.uk/report-blocked-drain

More useful contacts can be found at: http://www.esfrs.org/your-safety/winter-weather-floods/

Floods can happen and residents are being urged to not wait until it is too late to think about preparation.

Do some research to find out:

* Whether your area has flooded before and if there is any specific flood advice for your area

* How to turn off your electricity and gas supplies

* What is covered by your insurance

* Who you can call if you need assistance (link to useful contacts list)

A spokesperson for ESFRS said: “While it’s impossible to completely flood-proof a property, there are lots of things you can do to reduce the damage flooding can cause.

“Sandbags can keep water out for short periods which can be improved by using them in conjunction with plastic sheeting. However sandbags do seep water even when well-stacked and trodden into place.

“As a result, the Government strongly encourages people to use purpose made flood protection products, such as flood boards, non-return valves for plumbing and air brick covers.”

Find out more at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/prepare-your-property-for-flooding

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