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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Pipe Bursts Flood Homes and Businesses in Worcester

A NUMBER of homes and businesses were flooded over the weekend after their pipes burst as a result of the freezing weather.

On Saturday night, firefighters in Evesham were called to isolate water supplies after large volumes of water began to enter a shop in the town from the flat above it.

Meanwhile, Stourport firefighters were called to reports of flooding at industrial premises on Sunday evening. Crews in Bromyard, Hereford and Kidderminster were also called out during the weekend to deal with flooded properties.

A similar pattern occurred across Herefordshire and Worcestershire last winter.

Firefighters are encouraging people across the two counties to check that pipes and tanks are suitably insulated to prevent them from bursting in sub-zero conditions. Grant Wills, community safety manager at Here-ford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, said: “A few simple precautions could save a significant amount of time, money and effort.

“Flooding incidents can be very disruptive and costly for homes and businesses and we are keen to encourage everyone to do what they can to prevent pipes freezing and bursting.”

He recommended that pipes are insulated and that people know what to do should a pipe burst. This includes identifying where the stop tap is located and knowing how to safely turn off both water and electrical supplies in an emergency.

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