Fire crews work through the night to avert flooding of 50 homes in Worle

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By Prue_Reid | Monday, November 26, 2012, 13:20

FIREFIGHTERS have been working through the night in Worle to stop dozens of homes from flooding.

 People living in Worle called the emergency services at just after 8pm last night after storage ponds at Summer Lane started to overtop, putting around 50 nearby homes at risk of flooding. 

Homes were at risk at Ivy Close, Jasmine Way, Autumn Mews and Lanthony Close – and at times was lapping at the doorsteps of some properties. 

North Somerset Council emergency teams were on hand, issuing sandbags to properties at risk and a rest centre was set up at Castle Batch School should homes have to be evacuated. 

Around 50 firefighters worked through the night, using three specialist high volume pumps – capable of pumping 7,000 litres of water a minute – to divert the water onto local farmland. 

Avon Fire and Rescue used its own high volume pump to disperse the water and also drafted in additional pumps from neigbouring fire services in South Wales and Hereford and Worcestershire fire service to get rid of the water. 

Avon Fire and Rescue spokesman, Darren Bane, said the quick actions of the crews had averted properties from being flooded. 

Mr Bane said: "The high volume pumps are capable of pumping 7,000 litres of water a minute. 

"The situation could have been a lot worse if it was not for the fire brigade's quick response." 

Local residents, relieved their properties were safe, thanked crews by making cups of tea as the battled to reduce the water levels. 

Crews are expected to remain on site during today continuing to pump out the water. 

Avon Fire and Rescue received 43 flood related calls across the former Avon area over the weekend. Forty four flood warnings and 60 flood alerts remained in force across the south west today. 

A number of roads remained closed yesterday due to the bad weather including Portbury Lane and Sheepway at Portbury, Failand Lane, Failand and Claverham Road in Claverham, 

Other minor roads across the district were also closed while some – including the A370 from Flax Bourton to Brockley were only passable with care. 

Rubbish and recycling collections were also disrupted and schools – including Herons Moor Primary and Baytree School in Weston – were closed due to water backing up into the sinks and toilets. 

The Campus at Locking Castle was also closed due to problems with flooding and a number of bus and train services were disrupted.

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