More than 200 calls as storm strikes Milton Keynes

Mon 28 May, 2018

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service received more than 200 calls for assistance after a storm struck Milton Keynes last night (Sunday 27 May).

At the peak of the spate conditions there were 26 frontline appliances attending incidents in Milton Keynes, supported by 10 officers, with crews deployed from across Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Royal Berkshire and Bedfordshire.

The 999 calls started shortly after 8pm and continued until about 1.30am. The majority of incidents involved floodwater affecting domestic and commercial properties.

Crews rescued five people who were trapped in vehicles on the road between Olney and Stoke Goldington. One man was rescued from the roof of his car by swift-water rescue technicians wearing drysuits and buoyancy aids. Three women and a man were rescued from a second car at the same location.

Lightweight portable pumps were used to help remove floodwater which affected the A&E and Paediatrics Departments of Milton Keynes University Hospital, and crews also assisted with a salvage operation.

A large number of members of the public were assisted from their properties by crews following flooding in Coffee Hall and Stoke Goldington. Residents were evacuated to nearby halls.

Crews were also called to a commercial building fire in Bletchley, which was confirmed to be a false alarm, and a vehicle on fire in the Drayton Parslow area. There were also a number of reports of lightning strikes which fortunately did not develop into larger incidents.

Note: For comparison, during the same five-and-a-half-hour period 24 hours earlier, Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service received two calls to incidents in Milton Keynes.

Calls from properties affected by the torrential rain came from:

  • Beanhill: Beanfare, Chervil, Darnel Close, Dodkin, Lammas, Medale Road, Neapland, Simnel, Tandra, Wastel

  • Bleak Hall: Chesney Wold

  • Bletchley: Bala Close, Goulds Close, Lock View Lane, Melrose Avenue, Nevis Grove, Queensway, Watling Street, Wetherburn Court

  • Bradville: Crispin Road

  • Coffee Hall: Daniels Welch, Garraways, Jonathans, Rochfords, St Dunstans

  • Denbigh North: Stadium Way West

  • Eaglestone: Chadrick Drive, Harrier Court, Standing Way

  • Fox Milne: Emerald Gate

  • Furzton: Cheriton, Winsford Hill

  • Giffard Park: Boulters Lock

  • Great Linford: Hills Close

  • Leadenhall: Coles Avenue

  • Neath Hill: Carpenter Court, Currier Drive

  • Netherfield: Beadlemead, Broadlands, Farthing Grove, Langland Road, The Hide

  • Newport Pagnell: Westbury Lane, Wolverton Road

  • Oldbrook: Boycott Avenue, Century Avenue, Dexter Avenue, Grace Avenue, Larwood Place, Oldbrook Boulevard, Ulyett Place, Verity Place

  • Olney: Dartmouth Road

  • Peartree Bridge: Troutbeck, Waterside

  • Pennyland: Angel Close, Florin Close, Leopard Drive

  • Springfield: Belsize Avenue, Falcon Avenue

  • Stoke Goldington: High Street, Mount Pleasant, Orchard Way

  • Tinkers Bridge: Blisworth

  • Tongwell: Michigan Drive

  • Willen Park: Japonica Lane, Sakura Walk

  • Winterhill: Snowdon Drive

  • Woolstone: Butterfield Close, Pattinson Lane

  • Woughton on the Green: Goodman Gardens