Our firefighters have been part of a major operation after water from a ruptured water main flooded roads and homes.
At 10.39am this morning (Thurs 26 April) we started to receive 999 calls reporting significant flooding in the Leabrook Road North area of Wednesbury.
More than 30 firefighters, including water rescue teams, were sent to the scene.
Area Commander Ben Brook said: “Almost 20 vehicles were submerged, which our specially-trained water rescue crews searched for occupants as a priority. Some houses and commercial premises were also affected.
“As we approached the evening commuter time, it became clear that the water would stop a large number of cars from being able to leave a Midland Metro car park via the usual exit. However, we put a plan in place to prevent people becoming stranded.”
Some of the equipment we used at the scene, including high-volume pumping equipment, are national assets operated by West Midlands Fire Service which can be sent anywhere in the country to support large-scale emergencies.
Added Area Commander Brook: “This incident will have come as a shock and caused disruption for many, but we hope that the collaboration of all the agencies involved brought them reassurance.
“The clean-up and inconvenience for some locals, commuters and other motorists will continue for a while yet. I’d like to thank people for their continued patience.”
Another of our officers issued this live update via Twitter:
LIVE from Leabrook road north https://t.co/nhtfgzVeys
— West Midlands Fire (@WestMidsFire) April 26, 2018
Our teams are working with Emergency Services to ensure the safety of everyone in the Leabrook Rd North area. Once the safety of everyone affected has been confirmed, we’ll work to repair the burst main damaged by a 3rd party supplier. Updates at https://t.co/fDTI6QH5tE pic.twitter.com/WeZc7r7P5R
— South Staffs Water (@SthStaffsWater) April 26, 2018
#NOTICE Due to the #Wednesbury flooding from the burst pipe this morning, Steel Roundabout all the way to Parkway Roundabout is going to be closed for a few days. Please RT. This is due to debris and damage to the road. pic.twitter.com/aDraDIIF0M
— Sandwell Police (@SandwellPolice) April 26, 2018