Sussex storm: Firefighters out in force

The techinal rescue team in Bosham. PICTURE BY EDDIT MITCHELL
The techinal rescue team in Bosham. PICTURE BY EDDIT MITCHELL

FIREFIGHTERS from Chichester, Selsey and East Wittering were busy last night, dealing with the fallout from the storm (February 14).

The technical rescue unit was called to Bosham at 11pm, where a number of properties were threatened by the high tide.

The team visited Shore Road, High Street and Stumps Lane, and carried out a search, inspected the area and gave advice to residents.

A fire service spokeswoman said the tide was ‘extremely high’, but no-one was evacuated.

At 9pm crews were called to Selsey Road in Donnington where a home was at risk of flooding. Firefighters used sandbags to keep the water away from the home.

At 10.20pm firefighters went to the site of Chichester High Schools, where half the roof had blown off of a sports hall.

The crew made the scene safe and the incident has been left with the schools.

The sea was threatening properties in Clayton Road, Selsey, and five of the homes were sandbagged at 11pm.

At 11.50pm at Solent Road, East Wittering, a pump was used to remove surface water threatening properties on the road. The crews reduced the water level and left the scene.

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service received around 180 calls last night, and reports of 150 trees down.

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