London Fire Brigade

Kenley water treatment works flood response - latest statement

15 February 2014

Firefighters continue to work around the clock to prevent the stricken water treatment works at Kenley, near Purley, from flooding

The site provides water to 47,000 properties in the area and to ensure that supply is maintained, crews are pumping 24,000 litres of water a minute away from the affected plant.

Firefighters are continuing to do everything possible to direct excess water away from homes as the pumping operation continues but as a precaution around 60 people from properties in surrounding roads were evacuated during the early hours of this morning.

As well as helping to evacuate homes on Dale Road and Godstone Road, crews have been sand-bagging properties and around 80 soldiers have  been helping to lay sand bags around the water treatment works.

Firefighters have been at the Kenley site since 9.30pm on Thursday, 6 February and fifteen fire engines and around 100 firefighters remain at the scene, along with three high volume pumps and two fire rescue units, as part of the on-going inter-agency response to protect the water treatment works from flood water.

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