Flooded Properties - Across Both Counties
Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service firefighters have been called to around 86 flooded properties across both counties between Christmas Eve and the bank holiday period.
The majority of calls came in on Monday December 27, 2010 as the thaw began, and affected domestic, commercial and public premises in cities, towns and villages across Herefordshire and Worcestershire. In a twenty-four hour period (between 8:00am on Monday morning and 7:59am the following day), the Service took 48 calls in relation to flooded properties.
Community Safety Manager, Grant Wills said, "This was an extremely busy time for the Service. Our crews worked to minimise further damage and ensure that businesses and residents across both counties could recover more quickly from the disaster they suffered.
"There may be more calls to flooded properties – particularly if buildings remain unused and are not inspected until the New Year." He recommended that pipes should be checked and suitably insulated and that people know what to do should a pipe burst, whether at home or at work. This includes identifying where the stop tap is located and knowing how to safely turn off both water and electrical supplies in an emergency in order to minimise damage.