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Keep homes and businesses safe

Date : 26 July 2021

Following a very busy Sunday with weather-related incidents, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is asking people to do some simple things to help keep homes and busineses safe.

Floods can happen quickly so don't 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 

• 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.

This guide will tell you more, such as raising electrical sockets: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/prepare-your-property-for-flooding 

Read more ESFRS advice and some useful additional contacts: https://www.esfrs.org/your-safety/safer-homes/winter-weather-floods/


The following incidents were attended with the support of Kent Fire and Rescue Service and West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service.

Lightning is believed to have caused a serious fire that destroyed a barn. We were called at 13:07 on 25 July 2021 to the building which is part of a brewery at Sandhill Lane, Boars Head. At the height of the fire, six fire engines were at the scene. 

At 10:09 – one fire engine went to Fairview Lane, Crowborough. There was flooding to property from the roadway and local stream.  Efforts were made to contain it using a polyboom and submersible pump.

At 10:11 – one fire engine was asked to attend a supermarket on Pine Grove, Crowborough due to flooding in the building but a repeat call said that we were not required.

At 10:13 – one fire engine attended Fern Close, Crowborough. There was flooding due to heavy water runoff from the main road and crews used a main pump to pump out approx 5 feet of water from a basement flat.  Surface water runoff which was affecting 10 properties was diverted. 

At 10:16 – one fire engine was asked to attend a supermarket on Croft Road, Crowborough because of blocked storm drains. Advice was given

At 10:23 – one fire engine was called to Rannoch Road West, Crowborough due to a small amount of flooding in a building. Electrics were not involved and there was no action by us.

At 10:28 – one fire engine was sent to Beacon Road, Crowborough where there was flooding in a garage. Drains and flood water were cleared by Fire Service. Polybooms were set up to prevent further egress into the property.

At 10:44 – two fire engines were set to flooding in a building on Ghyll Road, Crowborough where crews used a submersible pump.


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