Fire Crews out in Harlow after heavy downpours

News / Sun 25th Jul 2021 at 07:09pm

ESSEX Fire Crews are attending a number of locations in Harlow after a number of heavy downpours on Sunday afternoon.

YH understands the Spring Hills and Rivermill areas of Harlow was been affected.

Group Manager Mark Eaglestone said:

“Our Control team have been inundated with calls related to heavy thunderstorms and flash flooding in North West Essex this afternoon.

“Firefighters from across the County have been working very hard to help as many people as possible who are experiencing flooding to their homes particulary in the Chigwell and Harlow areas.

“We are prioritising incidents which involve vulnerable members of the community and flooded properties with serious safety concersn such as where water is affecting electrics. 

If you or someone you know is currently experiencing flooding to their home our advice is:

  • If possible block your doorway as best you can to stop water entering your home
  • Move yourself and any personal belongings upstairs
  • Do not try to walk or drive through flood water – the roadway may be damaged and it is very common for man holes to be displaced during floods which pose an extra risk
  • If the flooding is not affecting residential properties, please call your local authority to help
  • The fire service are unable to provide sandbags

“We are expecting the rain to reduce within the next hour, but there will still be a substaintial amount of standing water so more flooding is possible. We will continue to help as many people as possible.”

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1 Comment for Fire Crews out in Harlow after heavy downpours:

Neil Warner-Baker
2021-07-26 03:37:34

I'm relieved that the Editor is covering these storm events, for then we have a record and the Authorities cannot say that they are unaware of the increased flood risks that we face along the Stort Valley. There has been so many building projects that put an additional burden on our drain and sewerage system that this is bound to happen...perhaps we should be returning our brown field sites to green...

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