Published: February 9, 2009
Home saved from rising flood water by Burnham-On-Sea fire crews

Burnham-On-Sea fire crews used water pumps to remove hundreds of gallons of flood water that threatened to swamp a home at Watchfield on Monday evening (February 9th).

Heavy rain and melting snow from nearby fields surrounded the property near the Watchfield Inn, as pictured here.

Owner Alistair Gordon had desperately tried keeping the rising waters at bay, but when his two pumps failed, he dialled 999 to call for help.

Mr Gordon told "I'd tried pumping the water away myself, but it was rising too fast and when both my pumps failed, I realised I had to get the fire crew here very quickly."

One fire engine from Burnham-On-Sea was called to the scene with a full crew of firefighters onboard.

Using a powerful water pump, they removed the knee-deep water and piped it across the B3139 into nearby ditches. Mr Gordon added: "I'm very grateful to the fire crew - they did a superb job."

Burnham firemen at the scene of Monday's flooding in Watchfield

Home owner Alistair Gordon was grateful for the swift response


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