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Residents evacuated as flood water pours through high rise Flint tower block

Residents have been forced out of their homes after a burst pipe sent water cascading through a high rise block of flats in the early hours of this morning.

Some of those living at the high rise Bolingbroke Heights in Flint were trapped after the leak, which happened at around 2am on October 20 affecting electricity supplies leaving the lifts temporarily out of action.

Council officials and North Wales Fire and Rescue service have been at the property assisting those affected.

The building has 47 flats with one and two bedrooms and residents, some of whom have mobility issues, are all over 60-years-old.

Flintshire County Council is now assessing the damage and arranging temporary accommodation for those who need it.

A connection to the main header tank failed in the early hours of the morning releasing water throughout the building.

Officers were called and have been out since about 2am this morning. Some residents flats are quite badly damaged with water penetration.

Unfortunately, as a consequence the power failed but that’s now been restored.

Officers are there to mend the connection to the water tank and the biggest problem we’ve got at the moment is the lift doors won’t open because the lift system has reacted in exactly the same way as it would for a fire.

Anyone who needs accommodation sorting out, homeless officers are coming around assessing what damage there is.

– Council leader Ian Roberts

A resident who didn't wish to be named said: "The alarm went off around 2am, and my flat was checked for any water damage but luckily mine is ok as the water hadn't reached the lower levels of the building.

"Flintshire County Council have been here and the fire service have gone now, it's been a bit of a shock."

North Wales Fire Service spokesman said: "North Wales Fire and Rescue Service is providing assistance at Bolingbroke Heights, Flint, where a number of flats have been affected by water following a ruptured pipe.

"Firefighters had been dealing with a separate, unrelated incident at nearby Richard Heights when, at 3.11am, they were able to quickly divert crews to attend Bolingbroke Heights where water was discovered cascading down through the building from the water tank situated in the roof."

The water has affected a number of flats throughout the building and we have been working closely with Flintshire County Council officers and staff from Scottish Power to ensure residents are looked after.

Unfortunately, the water has affected the building’s main fire alarm system therefore we have been maintaining a presence on site to ensure the safety of the residents.

Collaborative multi agency work is in hand to reinstate the alarm system and to ensure that the residents are protected in the event of a fire.

– Paul Scott from North Wales Fire and Rescue Service

In November 2016 more than 30 flats at Bolingbroke Heights were flooded after a planned exercise by the fire service went wrong and sent thousands of gallons of water cascading through the 17-storey building.

Bolingbroke is one of three extra care towers in the town centre - including Richard Heights and Castle Heights, which were built in the 1960s and 1970s and have undergone refurbishment in recent years.