'Major' flooding traps Isle of Man residents

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

A Coastguard helicopter and other emergency services are working to help people trapped in their houses after a river burst its banks in the Isle of Man.

Police have declared a “major incident” after floodwater from the burst Laxey River surged through the village of Laxey.

Island authorities said several vehicles were washed away and people were trapped in at least three houses.

The Constabulary wrote on its Facebook page: “Fire Rescue and Coastguard are on scene with fast water rescue teams.

“A major incident has been declared with all Govt agencies helping out.

“We are asking that any persons trapped go upstairs and monitor media.”

Isle of Man Fire and Rescue were also on the scene

Laxey and Dhoon schools were closed, along with several roads, and power was temporarily cut to 150 properties on Glen Road as a safety precaution.

Witnesses also took to social media to share footage of the “horrendous conditions” – Julie Graham wrote on Twitter: “River has burst it's [sic] banks, people trapped in their houses.

“The emergency services are doing an amazing job.”  

WATCH: Scenes at Laxey Harbour. Credit @TjoLoLo7

Police warned residents in the island’s capital of Douglas to activate their flood defences as the heavy rain threatened to coincide with the high tide.

The flooding on the Isle of Man came as the Met Office issued warnings of further heavy rain and thunderstorms across England and Wales.

More rain is forecast for later in the week when the remnants of Hurricane Lorenzo sweep across the UK.

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