Houses flood in Clevedon after torrential downpours

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By Trudi_B | Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 14:27

Twenty homes were flooded in Clevedon after heavy rain overnight into Monday caused widespread flooding throughout the Avon Fire and Rescue Service area. Firefighters from Clevedon Fire Station were called to Clover Close after the properties were affected by flooding.

Avon Fire and Rescue Service spokesman Darren Bane said: "The Service was particularly busy on Monday with several calls about flooding.

"The firefighters who were called to Clover Close are there to deal with the immediate problem and pumped water from the properties.

"They would also have been able to give advice to the home owners about the best way to limit damage to their properties in the future."

Kenn Road also flooded with rain water.

Although a few isolated incidents were recorded in the very early hours of Monday morning, it was after 5am that flooding started to cause significant difficulty, prompting a large number of calls to the fire service.

By 10am fire crews from across the Avon and North Somerset area had physically attended 41 incidents, with parts of North Somerset being particularly affected. Six of those incidents included the rescue of six people. Two people had to be rescued from a car in Wrington Road, Congresbury, and two people were also rescued from a domestic flood in Langford Road, Lower Langford. Firefighters also had to rescue two people from two cars in water in Queens Road, Withywood, three people were rescued from a domestic flood in Nippors Way, Winscombe and one person was rescued from a car in water in Court Road, Frampton Cottrell.

Darren Bane said: "A lot of the calls that we received were to roads and vehicles with people needing rescuing.

"We got them out of the cars and moved the cars out of the way.

"There were no reports of any injuries or anyone needing hospital treatment."

In addition to all the call outs, a further 126 calls were made where firefighters didn't physically attend but where advice was given to people.

Today the Met Office still has a yellow weather warning in place for the South West and is advising people of potential localised disruption due to heavy rain and strong winds.

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