Firefighters Called To Flooding Incidents After Heavy Rain Sweeps Across Merseyside
Various locations in Merseyside.
Firefighters were called out to a number of incidents after heavy rain swept across Merseyside.
The Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service control room had 20 calls relating to flooding, including 12 on the Wirral, two in Formby, two in Waterloo, Liverpool, and one in Crosby between 8.52pm and 11.46pm on Monday August 13.
Firefighters removed around six inches of water using an ejector pump and squeegees from a ground floor kitchen after they were called to Leasowe Road, Leasowe on the Wirral. Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service was called at 9.47pm on Monday August 13. It is thought the flood water came from the overflow from drains after heavy rain.
An appliance from Wallasey Community Fire Station attended the call-out after the homeowner said the water had started to affect the electrics in the property.
Firefighters were also called out after a porch roof on a ground floor flat collapsed after the heavy rain. Firefighters put up a salvage sheet over the porch roof after they were called at 9.21pm on Monday August 13 to near Hoylake Road, Moreton. Firefighters also isolated the electricity supply after flood water had entered a cupboard containing an electricity meter near the porch. An appliance from Upton Community Fire Station attended the call-out.
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service was called at 9.43pm on Monday August 13 to a bungalow in Rylands Hey, Greasby, after a nearby brook overflowed with water. The ground floor kitchen and conservatory was flooded and firefighters pumped out the water and isolated the electricity supply. An appliance from Upton Community Fire Station attended the call-out. Firefighters had left the property by 11.07pm.
Watch Manager Brian Weaver, who is with Blue Watch at Upton Community Fire Station and attended the call-out, said: “We have specialised pumps to pump out domestic properties. The bungalow call-out took a while to pump out. There was literally hundreds of gallons that had overflowed from the brook and around six inches of water in the property. It’s important if water is affecting the electrics in the property people should isolate the supply by isolating circuit breakers or the main supply. Water can cause short circuits and fire in some cases.”
Firefighters also helped a homeowner who saw flood water come into their property. Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service was called at 10.15pm on Monday August 13 to Gores Lane, Formby. An appliance from Crosby Community Fire Station attended the call-out.
Firefighters assisted in stemming the flood water. There was flood water damage to the ground floor flooring of the property. Around two to three inches of water had come into the property under the floorboards.
Crew Manager Fay Disley, who is with Blue Watch at Formby Community Fire Station who attended the call-out, said: “There was around 200 metres of road which was flooded in the area. The water level had started to recede when we arrived. The occupant had sandbags and other items and we helped him put those in place on the driveway. The water had flooded under the floorboards of the property. The occupiers said they had not seen flooding like that for around 30 years.”
Firefighters were also called at 11.45pm to Bidston Link Road, Wallasey, after a manhole cover dislodged following heavy rain. Firefighters attended to warn road users and stoodby until the arrival council’s Highways Department attended after a request by police. An appliance from Wallasey Community Fire Station attended the call-out and firefighters had left the scene by 12.59am on Tuesday August 14.
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