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Heavy downpour results in fire service call-outs

Date : 11 June 2019

Car Puddle Flooding

Heavy overnight rain resulted in call-outs for the fire service in connection with flooding incidents.

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  • At 12.26 last night (10 June) Eastbourne firefighters were sent to Edward Road, in Eastbourne, due to severe flooding at a business property.
  • Firefighters isolated the power supply and both the internal roof and walls collapsed, due to the weight of water. An Eastbourne Borough Council surveyor attended the incident. Incident was left with the owners, a roofing company attended and the drains unblocked.
  • At 14.58 last night (10 June) a crew and a fire service submersible pump was sent to a property in Cross in Hand Road, which was used to pump flood water from the building.
  • At 18.04 last night (10 June) firefighters assisted by bailing out water, which was affecting electrics, at a property in Seaside Road, in Eastbourne.
  • At 20.56 last night (10 June) two appliances were sent to Palmeira Avenue, in Hove, following reports of a smell of burning, after water was leaking through the ceiling. Firefighters isolated the leak. 

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service can assist with the following situations:

  • Will rescue people who are at risk and assist with evacuations of buildings.
  • Can pump out water from buildings although this may not always be appropriate. For example if the flooding is linked to the water table or the high tide, the water will return. In these cases we may return after the water levels have dropped in order to assist with recovery.
  • Will give advice about making properties safe and secure.
  • Will work with other organisations such as electricity companies to ensure public safety.
  • Will work with the Environment Agency to protect important sites such as hospitals and power stations. 

Other overnight incidents:

  •  At 15.38 yesterday (10 June) firefighters were sent to Lewes Road, in Cross in Hand, Heathfield, due to a fallen tree into a car. No persons were trapped.
  •  At 17.28 yesterday (10 June) three appliances were sent to a property in Viaduct Road, Brighton, after reports of a fire in a ground-floor premise. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used one hose reel jet to tackle the fire. A Positive Pressure Ventilation Fan was used to clear smoke from the building. Everyone accounted for.
  •  At 4.10 this morning (11 June) firefighters were sent to a van on fire in Warrior Square, St Leonards. The crew used one hose reel jet to extinguish the fire.


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