Firefighters dealt with a severe flooding on Crayford High Street this morning.
A 24 inch water main burst causing extensive flooding on the roadway, basements and an underground car park to a depth of around four inches until the water authority isolated the water supply.
Station Manager Gary Thompson, who was at the scene said:
“Crews pumped away water using a high volume pump in order to keep water from entering people’s homes. It caused extensive travel issues in the area and we’d like to thank residents for staying in their homes while firefighters and the water authorities tried to fix the problem."
Fire crews from Bexley, Erith, Sidcup, Peckham, New Cross and Lee Green were first in attendance. The Brigade was called at 0313. The worst of the incident was over by around midday but crews remained at the scene to pump out the basements throughout the day.
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.