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Homes evacuated as Croydon water plant flooding tackled

Kenley Water Treatment Works Image copyright PA
Image caption Kenley Water Treatment Works have been at risk from flooding for over a week

About 60 people have been evacuated from their homes as efforts continue to prevent a water treatment works in Croydon from flooding.

Crews are pumping 24,000 litres of water a minute away from the affected plant on Godstone Road in Kenley.

About 100 firefighters along with 80 soldiers are helping to lay sandbags around the site.

London Fire Brigade said residents of Dale Road and Godstone Road were evacuated as a precaution.

'Major incident'

Run by Sutton and East Surrey Water, the site provides water to 47,000 properties in the area.

A spokesman from the company said water reached an "exceptionally high" level on Friday night but "we got through it".

He said the situation was now "much, much better".

"The water level is much lower, but it came very close last night and people had to be evacuated from nearby homes," he said.

London Fire Brigade said surrounding roads were also evacuated during the early hours of the day.

Firefighters have been at the Kenley site since 6 February to protect it from flood water.

On 7 February Croydon Council declared a "major incident" in parts of Kenley, Purley and South Croydon due to the high risk of flooding.

Leaflets have been delivered to about 1,500 homes and businesses warning that buildings could be at risk, the local authority said.

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