Res­i­dents ‘pan­icked’ as flood wa­ter gushes up to their doors


Hull Daily Mail - - NEWS - By Dan Kemp dan.kemp@reach­

PEO­PLE liv­ing near the Hull city cen­tre streets that flooded over the week­end have spo­ken of their shock af­ter wa­ter gushed dan­ger­ously close to their homes.

The area around Os­borne Street and Mid­land Street was com­pletely sub­merged af­ter a wa­ter main rup­tured close to Bonus Arena.

Emer­gency ser­vices rushed to the scene to tackle the “se­ri­ous” flood­ing, as crews fought to bring the ris­ing waters un­der con­trol.

One woman de­scribed the feel­ing of “panic” when she saw the ris­ing wa­ter lev­els creep up to­wards her home.

She said: “I’m try­ing to get to my house. “I saw this and pan­icked be­cause I can see the wa­ter is right up to my door, so I best go check on it.”

Mean­while, Dar­ren Spencer said the flood was worse than he imag­ined. He said: “I’m shocked by it. I knew it was go­ing on but I didn’t ex­pect this.”

Hum­ber­side Po­lice put up a cordon to pre­vent peo­ple en­ter­ing the po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous flood waters, while all ac­cess to ve­hi­cles was also de­nied.

The fire ser­vice also called for res­i­dents to move their ve­hi­cles away from the dan­ger zone as quickly as pos­si­ble to pre­vent any fur­ther dam­age.

It is un­der­stood the worst of the flood­ing hit at around 1.30pm and emer­gency ser­vices were quick to the scene.

They blocked Mid­land, Os­borne and Great Thorn­ton Street in both di­rec­tions to al­low crews to tackle the prob­lem.

Re­becca Collins was out when the flood be­gan and says she is wor­ried about when her street will re­turn to nor­mal.

“I’ve just come back from work and seen this. I can’t get to my house,” she said.

“What am I sup­posed to do? I’ve got to walk around, but I’m wor­ried be­cause no one knows when it’ll be sorted.”

Tony Smith was equally shocked. He said: “I can’t be­lieve it. I know there was a flood a cou­ple of weeks ago from the rain, but that came as it went.

“This is re­ally bad. It’s a good job I’m not at work to­day.”

An­other woman said: “I saw it on Hull Live. My brother lives on the ground floor flat so thought I’d go check on him, but I can’t get through.

“I went past on the way back from work last night and it was just pud­dles, but look at this. The bit where the road has come up is the worst bit, they’ll have to fix that quickly.”

Hum­ber­side Po­lice urged peo­ple “not to panic”.

They tweeted: “Wa­ter is dis­pers­ing in Hull city cen­tre. Don’t panic.

“There has been some mi­nor dis­rup­tion on the roads. Sur­round­ing roads will be closed for some time around the Os­borne Street, St Lukes Street, and Mid­land Street area.”

The area around Os­borne Street and Mid­land Street was com­pletely sub­merged af­ter a wa­ter main rup­tured close to Bonus Arena

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