Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Firefighters kept busy during storms

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is reminding people to take extra care after receiving around 230 weather-related calls since yesterday afternoon. Around 120 incidents were attended by crews - the majority of these were to make an area safe after the strong winds brought down trees, signs and roofs.

Incidents included:

  • 17:12: Signage removed from a shop at Lower Willingdon in Eastbourne.     
  • 17:24 Electrics isolated by crews after flooding at a home in Little Common in Bexhill.
  • 17:46: Tree fallen on to car at Keld Avenue, Uckfield leaving two people trapped inside. People released – no injuries reported.
  • 18:06: Sections of a garage canopy removed at Texaco on the South Coast Road, Peacehaven.
  • 18:20: Window of shop and door blown in at Marina Mews in Bexhill. Area made safe.
  • 19:13: Crews removed tree from across the A21 at Swanfield Farm.
  • 19:25:  Flat roof removed by crews and area made safe on Saint Leonards Avenue, Hove
  • 20:15 Large sheeting removed from building on Old Ghyll Road, Heathfield.
  • 20:41: Pipe swinging four storeys high at a building on St Johns Road in Seaford. Pipe removed by crews and area made safe.
  • 20:42 Flat roof blown off garage and flooding affecting electrics at an address in Park Avenue, Hastings. Crews removed roof and made the area safe.
  • 22:39: Air conditioning unit hanging off wall of building on Brunswick Street, Hove. Unit removed by crews.
  • 03:54: Solar panels fallen from roof on building in Dyke Road, Brighton which then caused flooding to the property. Area made safe. 
With the bad weather predicted to last for the rest of the day, ESFRS is urging people not to take risks, particularly when on the roads.


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