Storms put Stotfold homes at risk from flooding

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Firefighters fought to save Stotfold homes from flooding yesterday as storms hit the area.

Around 8pm the heavy rain caused a brook by Brook Street, Coppice Mead and Wycklond Close, Stotfold, to flood and on-call Firefighters from Shefford and PottonCommunity Fire Stations deployed Aqua Sacs to protect properties in the area.

Working with Central Bedfordshire Council, volunteers from the Bedfordshire LocalEmergency Volunteers Executive Committee and the Police they worked for severalhours to hold back the flood waters.

Group Commander Darren Cook said: “In Stotfold we protected properties using Aqua Sacs to keep flood waters from entering homes, working closely with colleagues from Central Bedfordshire Council, the Police, Highways and volunteers from BLEVEC to keep the damage and inconvenience to a minimum. I’d like to thank the on-call crews for all their hard working protecting their communities and for those in Fire Control for dealing with the many calls we received calmly and effectively.

“Fortunately the rain was not as heavy as earlier in the week and the rain clouds were moving quickly so the weather cleared more quickly. This is the second potentially serious flooding incident within a week and I’d urge people to seek advice from the Bedfordshire Local Resilience Forum website about how to prepare in case there is another one soon.”

A man was injured in Flitwick after being struck by lightning.

Flooding advice can be found on the Bedfordshire Local Resilience Forum www.bllrf.org.uk , search for flood advice.