Firefighters pump out flooded road

PUBLISHED: 09:15 11 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:43 06 May 2010

Firefighters pumping out the flooded garages

Firefighters pumping out the flooded garages

SEVERE flooding hit an area of London Colney yesterday (Monday) afternoo leaving a road and around 20 garages under a foot of water. Firefighters worked throughout the afternoon to pump away the flood water which had also covered gardens and the car park

Margaret Littleford's garage and garden were flooded

SEVERE flooding hit an area of London Colney yesterday (Monday) afternoon leaving a road and around 20 garages under a foot of water.

Firefighters worked throughout the afternoon to pump away the flood water which had also covered gardens and the car park along Haseldine Road by the shops.

Margaret Littleford's garden was one of those affected and the water came very close to spilling over into the home which she shares with husband Terry.

She looked out her window at around midday to see her garden a foot deep in water and frantically called St Albans District Council which then called the fire services.

Her garage, which backs onto Haseldine Road, was one of around 20 which were flooded.

Mrs Littleford said it was the third time they had experienced flooding on that scale.

Firefighter and crew commander Paul Farrow worked with his crew from St Albans Fire Station to pump away the water into the drainage system using three separate pumps.

He said that leaves and twigs had blocked the drainage from a nearby culvert which caused the water to spill out over adjacent gardens into the garages and across Haseldine Road.

Firefighter Farrow also said that they had to clear some of the drains on the road to allow the water to flow away.

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