Flood closes Brighton police station and triggers electrical fire

Posted On 29 Mar 2016 at 3:39 am

Flooding closed John Street Police Station, in Brighton, yesterday (Monday 28 March) and triggered an electrical fire.

Chief Superintendent Nev Kemp, the district commander for Brighton and Hove, shared the news on Twitter in a series of tweets, complete with pictures and videos.

And just to show he hadn’t lost his sense of humour despite the challenges, he captioned one video: “No, Sussex Police are not now using water cannon in Brighton and Hove. This is East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service pumping away the flood.”

Chief Superintendent Nev Kemp had been the duty commander for Sussex Police as Storm Katie struck the county.

Before the damage to John Street had become apparent he said that the force had dealt with “hundreds of weather-related calls overnight, most regarding trees”.

And he added: “No serious injury to any person thankfully.”

But four hours later he tweeted: “Busy morning anyway and then the police station floods.”

He said that the cause of the flooding appeared to be an overflowing tank on the roof after several inches of water had accumulated.

Flooding from the roof down triggered an electrical fire in one of the offices, he said, adding that he was so pleased that the fire service were here.

Shortly afterwards, he tweeted that John Street Police Station was closed, with staff working from elsewhere but, he said, “our service to the public is unaffected.”

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