Heavy rainfall causes up to a foot of flooding in Lavendon homes

The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning
The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning

Eleven homes in Lavendon were flooded on Saturday morning when the brook running alongside them breached its banks after heavy rainfall in the area overnight.

Firefighters from Olney were called shortly before 5am, and they requested the Water Safety Unit from Newport Pagnell after carrying out a full assessment. The unit carries a variety of water rescue equipment and is crewed by specially-qualified technicians.

The flooding affected homes in Soames Close and Olney Road, with more than a foot of floodwater in some of the properties.

Station Manager Paul Harrison, who also attended, said: “The crews on scene prioritised their tasks, first focusing on public safety. They made contact with the occupants of the affected houses, providing reassurance and advice, and assessing any special care requirements.

“They isolated the utilities to reduce the risk of injury, and a safety cordon was installed to prevent other residents entering the floodwater.

“Firefighters attempted to divert floodwater further downstream to reduce damage to other properties.”

The British Red Cross Fire and Emergency Support Service team, which works closely with Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service, also attended to provide assistance to the affected occupants.