Flooded fire station remains closed as flood alerts continue

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A flooded fire station remains closed and weather warnings and flood alerts continue following Monday night's storm.

Hundreds of homes are still without power today after families were evacuated and the storm disrupted travel for many people in Surrey this Christmas.

A flood alert is still in place for the River Mole but the flood warning for Leatherhead, where the river burst its banks on Christmas Eve, is no longer in force.

On its website this morning the Environment Agency said: "River levels are receding but are expected to rise in response to rainfall received last night.

"Flooding of low lying land and roads is possible. Flooding of properties is not expected at this time.

"Rain will clear today and will remain dry through the weekend. We are continuing to monitor the situation and will update this message as the situation changes."

Up to 20mm of rain fell last night and more rain and showers are expected today.

Firefighters in Surrey decided not to strike as planned on Christmas Eve to be on hand to rescue people from flooding.

Leatherhead fire station was evacuated and closed that morning because of rising flood waters when the River Mole burst its banks.

Epsom firefighter Adam Love said: "When we got there Leatherhead fire station looked a bit like it was an island."

Firefighters tried to pump the water away but in the end the building was closed and electrical equipment taken upstairs.

Mr Love said: "The services were so stretched that day because there were so many calls. Some people went canoeing that day. The boats went all over the place."

In the early hours of Monday firefighters rescued six people with a baby from a vehicle stuck in the water on the Brighton Road in Lower Kingswood.

At 1pm yesterday a man fell off his motorcycle into a water-filled ditch and broke two of his legs at Hook Road in Epsom.

Leatherhead Leisure Centre, next to the River Mole, was cut off by flood water and protected with sandbags on Christmas Eve.

Matt Finn, marketing executive at Fusion, which runs the leisure centre, said they would be opening as usual today. He said: "I believe the flood did not make it to the front door so it is all fine."

UK Power Networks said there were still 680 customers in Surrey without power as a result of the storm on Monday night.

It said: "When the storm struck, power was initially interrupted to about 300,000 customers, but engineers restored supplies to most customers quickly."

Yesterday Surrey County Council said: "With rain and strong winds forecast to hit the region tonight and tomorrow, residents and drivers are being urged to keep updated on flood alerts and weather warnings."

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11:27am Fri 27 Dec 13

sjsunny says...

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Alice Foster Reporter: I suggest using 'both legs' rather than 'two of his legs' - makes one wonder how many legs the person involved actually has!!!!!

Wishing the motorcyclist involved a speedy recovery.
> Alice Foster Reporter: I suggest using 'both legs' rather than 'two of his legs' - makes one wonder how many legs the person involved actually has!!!!! Wishing the motorcyclist involved a speedy recovery. sjsunny

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