Flooding: Pumped-up firefighters save Beverley homes
FAMILIES have expressed their heartfelt thanks to fire crews for saving their homes from flooding.
Residents in Willow Grove, Beverley, watched in horror as water from the Westwood breached the wall in front of their homes on Sunday afternoon. It looked like a repeat of the 2007 floods when many homes were filled with water and damage ran to many thousands of pounds.
The fire service was called – one of more than 30 calls it received about localised emergencies as dykes flooded and roads were affected across the county.
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About 350,000 gallons of water were pumped away from Willow Grove into the main sewer system.
Willow Grove resident Les Diment said: "On Sunday, it was a bit panicky, we were in danger of seeing a repeat of 2007.
"It was lapping on to the Grove but the response we got from the emergency services was very, very good."
His neighbour Kathryn Coates, 38, said: "We could see the water flooding down and it was coming at such a pace.
"Within an hour, it was at street level.
"The fire brigade have been absolutely brilliant. They worked all through the night."
Tidying away equipment after the majority of the water had been pumped away, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service crew manager Dan Hind said: "We pumped from 6pm to 11pm on Sunday.
"We were called by a resident and we attended with Yorkshire Water and their contractor.
"It's been a busy period for us but unless we get another big dump of rain, I can't see us getting back to that level again."
Families at Willow Grove are looking forward to the installation of a retaining anti-flooding wall, probably in January.
Yorkshire Water has also installed a £1m tank that can be used when the sewerage system cannot cope.
It was not needed at the weekend and fire crews were able to pump flood water around the corner into the main sewer at North Bar.
The Willow Grove situation was among the more serious incidents attended by crews. The situation has stabilised after the weekend.
Speaking yesterday, Simon Anfield, of Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Although there is rain predicted tonight, it will be less than yesterday. Today, we have an improved situation and river levels are dropping.
"Residents are urged to remain vigilant and if they suspect their home may be a risk of flooding to contact us."
The spectre of homes being flooded again raised the issue of whether people in affected areas can get insurance.
Haltemprice and Howden MP David Davis said: "It's absolutely vital the Government ensures that people continue to have flood insurance – irrespective of history.
"If the Government creates planning laws which allow houses to be built on flood plains, which has been the case, then they have a moral responsibility to make sure they're insured and in the reach of normal people, not tens of thousands of pounds."