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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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Police increase presence across Crawley after four women grabbed or harassed by men

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Police are stepping up patrols in areas of Crawley after reports of women being approached by men in the town.

Officers are investigating a number of reports from the past week, but do not believe that all of the incidents are linked.

The first report involved a woman jogging in Grattons Park around 10am on Thursday (May 21). She was heading along a pathway towards Peterhouse Parade when a man appeared from the bushes and made an attempt to grab her around the waist.

The victim managed to evade the suspect, described as white, around 50 years old, with grey hair and a flushed face.

Around 7pm on Monday (May 25), a second woman was jogging on Three Bridges Road, Crawley, when she was approached by a man who put both arms around her waist. The woman was able to break free and run to safety.

This suspect is described as black, around 5′ 8″ and wearing a winter coat and black rucksack.

Two further reports were made to police on Tuesday (May 27) of women being approached by a man in the Northgate area of the town.

The first happened on The Parade around 6pm and the other at Woodfield Road Playing Field around 6.30pm.

In both cases, the women reported being harassed by a man who was asking a lot of unusual questions and standing too close. No physical contact was made.

The man was described as Asian, in his 30s, around 6′ tall, of slim build and with a black beard. He was reported to be wearing a hat – possibly a sports cap – and casual clothing, including colourful, modern trainers.

Chief Inspector Shane Baker, district commander for Crawley, said:

“We understand these incidents are very worrying for those involved, and for those who live in the area.

“At this time, we are treating these as isolated incidents. We are investigating each case and following all reasonable lines of enquiry to find those responsible.

“Our officers are conducting high-visibility patrols in the town and we continue to encourage people to report any suspicious behaviour to us so we can act accordingly.”

Anyone with information about any of these incidents are asked to report to police online or by calling 101.

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