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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 Council urges closed businesses to apply for lockdown business grants

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Businesses that have had to close due to the current lockdown can now apply for new government grants.

This latest grants are called ‘Local Restriction Support Grant (Closed) Addendum: 5 January onwards’ (LRSG) and Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment (CBLP).

The grants cover the six-week period of lockdown from 5 January until 15 February.

Both grants are based on rateable value. The rate of payment for eligible businesses is:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under, grants are £2,001 (LRSG) and £4,000 (CBLP) – a total of £6,001
  • For properties with a rateable value of between £15,001 and £50,999, grants are £3,000 (LRSG) and £6,000 (CBLP) – a total of £9,000
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over, grants are £4,500 (LRSG) and £9,000 (CBLP) – a total of £13,500.

Crawley Borough Council is administering and distributing these grants on behalf of the government.

Businesses can check if they’re eligible by visiting gov.uk/guidance/check-if-youre-eligible-for-the-coronavirus-additional-restrictions-grant

Applications for these grants can be made at grantapproval.co.uk

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of the Council, said:

“We know many local businesses are struggling. While the council is doing everything it can to support and rebuild the local economy, it’s vital any organisation which does need support applies for every grant for which they are eligible.”

For more details on help available for businesses visit crawley.gov.uk/emergency/coronavirus-information/businesses-and-employers

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