12 October 2010
Flood call update
Strathclyde firefighters tackle burst pipe floods
Strathclyde Fire & Rescue has attended 239 flood related
incidents between midnight last night and this afternoon.
This level of incidents, caused by burst pipes, is not expected
to ease off quickly because large numbers of bursts may still be
undiscovered in vacant properties.
Today's tally is ahead of yesterday's spate level which saw fire
crews attend 180 flood related incidents.
Strathclyde fire crews have carried out a range of actions to
ease flooding problems in homes and business premises. The crews'
particular concern has been for occupied properties where water has
been getting into the electrical systems.
In such emergencies, the water supplies may have been cut off to
Firefighters have also used pumps to remove water from
properties and salvage sheets to protect large items such as
furniture or to channel water out through windows and doors.
Incidents attended today include:
• The home of a 97-year-old person in
Maryhill where water was pouring through the ceiling and affecting
the electrical system.
• A shop in Duntocher, Clydebank, which
was considerably damaged by a burst pipe in the flat above.
• Firefighters in Cumbernauld had to
force entry to two vacant flats in a block of four affected by a
Early this morning power had to be switched off in part of
Strathclyde Fire & Rescue's headquarters in Hamilton as a
result of flooding in a rear stairwell. The problem was soon
rectified and power restored.
Advice on what to do in case your property is flooded can be
found on the Scottish Water website
Strathclyde Fire & Rescue also repeats its warning that
people, particularly parents with children and dog owners, should
not venture near bodies of water covered with ice.
The thaw is making frozen ponds, lochs etc even more dangerous
as ice becomes thinner. Parents should keep their children well
under control and dog owners should put their pets on a leash.