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Firefighters ask commuters to be flood aware

23/06/2016 00:00

London Fire Brigade is urging commuters to check their route before they travel home tonight as more heavy rain is falling

London Fire Brigade station manager and national flood advisor Colin Parker said:

“Please check your route before you travel.  You can follow @TfLTravelAlerts for the latest travel news information. If you find that your home is being affected by flood water put people before property.  Move your family and pets upstairs or to a high place if your home floods. Stay well away from flood water and talk to children about how dangerous it can be to play in the water.  During a flood, don’t go out unless you have to. Remain calm and call 999 if you are in danger."

Earlier this morning, the Brigade’s 999 control officers took over 550 weather related emergency calls and firefighters attended over 400 incidents as heavy rain and thunder storms hit the capital overnight.

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.