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Islington - Burst water main

05/12/2016 05:02
The City of London

Firefighters dealt with a burst water main on Upper Street in Islington between City Road and Islington Green. At the height of the incident the Brigade had six fire engines and three fire rescue units at the scene.

The water has been isolated and has dissipated. Firefighters pumped the water out of basement properties and led residents to safety.

The water was at a depth of two metres in the basements of properties on Charlton Place. Multiple properties were affected and around 100 people have been evacuated. Police are using The Steam Tavern as a refuge for residents.

The Brigade has a range of equipment which can be used to help rescue people trapped by flood water, pump water away and protect properties. Some of the Brigade's fire rescue units are equipped with water rescue equipment such as inflatable rescue boats. The Brigade also has a number of  high volume pumps stationed at strategic locations across the capital. These can be used to pump large amounts of water away from flooded areas.

The flooding comes on the same day as the launch of London Safety Plan consultation which includes proposals to expand the London Fire Brigade’s capacity to respond to a terrorist and flooding incidents.

The Brigade was called at 0502 and the incident was over for the Brigade at 1413. Firefighters from Islington, Dowgate, Whitechapel, Bethnal Green, Shoreditch, Battersea, Edmonton and Euston fire stations are at the scene.

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