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Friday, 19 December 2014

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Cumbrian flats evacuated after flood causes catastrophic damage

Flats had to be evacuated after rainwater flooded a building in Keswick, causing “catastrophic damage”.

Firefighters from the town responded to an emergency call to a block of flats in Derwent Road at about 3.30pm yesterday.

A pipe, understood to be connected to the rain water management system, had burst and flooded the building.

Station Manager Adrian Holme explained: “There has been catastrophic damage to two flats on the first and second floor of the building, with about six to eight homes damages in total.

“About a dozen flats in total were subsequently evacuated for safety reasons.”

Those affected were put up in the Skiddaw Hotel overnight, while the building’s owners – housing association Your Derwent and Solway – brought in contractors to assess the problem. “Firefighters were on scene for at least two hours, initially isolating the power and then helping to salvage residents’ property,” Mr Holme continued.

“Some of the residents were at a social do at the Skiddaw Hotel and returned to find their property damaged, but the majority of the flats were occupied at the time.

“About one-third of the building’s flats have been affected to some degree.”

Representatives from Your Derwent and Solway were on scene almost immediately, and are understood to be working closely with residents.

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