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Despair and anger as Crawley residents flats flooded

Up to 4 inches of water has caused extensive damage to the ground floor flats.

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Residents in the ground floor flats  of Attlee House on Lansbury Road in Broadfield have found themselves having to deal with a deluge of water flooding through the front door of the building and into some of their flats.

Terrible water damage can be seen inside the flats.

Up to 4 inches of water streamed into their homes causing major water damage throughout the ground floors.

3 flats have been affected with one resident saying:

“Imagine if there had been a baby here!”.

Lots of standing water within the entrance hall.

Residents had been told they would  have to find somewhere else to stay for the night but this raised concerns from them as to who is covering the cost.

Crawley Council has now confirmed that temporary accommodation has now been arranged for the tenants.

A spokesperson for Crawley Borough Council said:

“Our repairs team are onsite and the water is starting to subside. 3 flats have been affected and temporary accommodation has been arranged for the tenants. We have arranged for wet vac and de-humidifiers to be brought to the site, so the drying operation can begin as soon as possible.”

The entrance to the flats with the settled water that needs to be mopped up.

Workers who were making repairs on a pipe found it burst on them around 2pm.

A quick response team from both Southern Water and Crawley Borough Council were quickly despatched and the water was cut off but not before a torrent of water had made its way down the road and into the flats.

The water pumps in action.

Flats and houses in the surrounding area have now had their water turned off while repairs are made and bottled water was initially ordered but that has since been cancelled with reports saying the water should be turned back on before any bottled water would arrive.

A neighbour whose flat overlooks the ground floor of Attlee House said they saw one of the ground floor residents open their back door and water come gushing out.

A statement from Southern Water says:

“We are currently dealing with a burst on a 4” water main in Maxton Walk, Lansbury Road, Crawley.

Our contractors were already in the area proactively repairing a leak on the pipe and we believe this work caused further movement of the main, placing it under undue pressure, which resulted in the burst.

Our crew is on site working as quickly and safely as possible to repair the pipe, and our customer teams are working with all those affected.

We apologise for the inconvenience caused and thank everyone for their patience while we work on this emergency.”

Southern Water has also provided some advice to residents saying:

After a burst, customers may experience discolouration to their water supply and although it may not look nice, it is not harmful and will usually clear within 24-48 hours. We advise customers to call us on 0330 303 0368 if it does not run clear after this time. You find out further information on our website: http://bit.ly/1F62IMm

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Crawley teen girl one of four arrested during police drugs operation

A man and three teenagers were arrested during a drugs operation at The Level in Brighton over two days.

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A 15-year-old Hove boy and a 16-year-old girl from Crawley were arrested by police officers on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of cannabis and burglary with intent to steal and a 16-year-old girl from Brighton, was detained on suspicion of burglary with intent to steal on Thursday (16 August). They were questioned and released under investigation.

On Friday (17 August) a 23-year-old Brighton man was arrested after he ran from police officers through the children’s play area at The Level. He was detained on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cannabis after a large quantity of the drug worth several hundreds of pounds was seized (pictured) along with cash and other drugs paraphernalia. He was also arrested on suspicion of possession of heroin. He has also been released under investigation.

Chief Inspector Rachel Swinney said:

“Our prevention officers, who play a crucial role in helping tackle local issues, have been targeting suspected drug dealers at The Level using high visibility patrols, covert patrols and our passive drugs dog. We are also trying to identify drug users to direct them to agencies who can support them.

“If anyone suspects drug dealing is going on or has any information about it please contact us.”

You can report suspicious behaviour or drug dealing at our website or ring 101.
For advice and information about drugs see the Sussex Police drug advice page.

* Prevention teams play a crucial role in helping tackle local issues and where possible prevent them happening in the first place. The recent council tax increase will be used to strengthen these local teams.

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