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Firefighters are currently helping assist residents affected by a flood in Stoke Newington.
Earlier, a burst water main flooded streets around Northwold Road to a depth of over a metre in some places and around 150 properties are affected by the flood. Once the water main was isolated the water levels quickly receded. A rest centre for those affected by the flood has been set up in Stoke Newington Town Hall.
Station Manager Nicol McCallum who was at the scene said:
“Crews used specialist inflatable boats to evacuate the most vulnerable residents and help others recover valuables. Firefighters laid down sandbags to try and minimise the water damage.”
6 fire engines and two Fire and Rescue Units (FRUs) from stations including Stoke Newington, Homerton, Tottenham and Bethnal Green fire stations were at the scene.
Londoners are being invited to give their views on whether the Brigade’s capability to respond to flooding should be expanded as part of the new London Safety Plan. The consultation is a chance for Londoners to have their say on how the capital's fire and rescue service deals with a range of threats such as terrorism and flooding over the next four years.
The Brigade was called 1155 and crews are expected to be helping with the salvage operation for some time.