October 1st, 2016

Flooding hits part of Church Hill

Flooding hits part of Church Hill Flooding hits part of Church Hill
Updated: 9:50 am, May 07, 2015

A MAN had to be rescued from his car after part of Church Hill was flooded.

The retained crew from Redditch Fire Station was called to Arley Close about 2pm on Saturday (November 8) after a sustained period of heavy rainfall hit the borough.

A blocked culvert had caused a brook running at the back of properties to overflow, flooding the road and several gardens. At one stage it is estimated the water was about 1.5 metres deep.

Firefighters worked with residents to divert the water into the road and dam properties to protect homes. They also had to rescue a man from his car after he became stranded in the flood water and carry him to safety.

Council workers supported the fire service by providing sandbags.

The crew was on site for about five hours by which time the water had started to subside.

Watch Commander Matt Dormer said: “I’ve never seen flooding in that area before.

“We attempted to unblock the culvert but the water was too deep and flowing too fast so we diverted it as best we could.

“The residents were excellent and worked well with each other and ourselves to protect properties.”

Work was expected to be carried out to unblock the culvert once the water had gone.

Flooding was also reported on the Coventry Highway and Yvonne Road.

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