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Multiple flooding calls as summer downpours hit London

02/06/2017 00:00

Firefighters have attended a number of flooding incidents this afternoon after heavy downpours hit the capital.

By 1700 the Brigade’s Control Officers had taken more than 60 flood related ‘999’calls.

A Brigade spokesperson said: "Our 999 control officers have been extremely busy this afternoon taking calls to flood related incidents. Fire crews have been dealing with flash floods across London but areas to the east of the capital have been particularly badly affected. These include, Plaistow, Canning Town, Manor Park, Ilford and Forest Gate. If you are travelling on the roads this evening please take extra care.”

Flooding equipment

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.