WEATHER: Children trapped in taxi as storm brings flooding

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Two adults and three children who were trapped in a taxi by flood water in Pound Hill, Crawley, were among the 600 emergency calls received by West Sussex Fire & Rescue in the past 24 hours.

The five people were rescued from the vehicle, which was surrounded by one metre of flood water in St Mary’s Drive at around 5.25am.

Other calls included:

On Monday December 23: One woman was taken to hospital following a collision in Grange Road, Crawley Down, at 10.27am.

The roof at the Langley Drive Medical Centre was damaged by high winds just before 9pm, laving the first floor damaged by rain water.

A garage workshop in Balcombe Road, Crawley, was flooded just after 8pm. Firefighters used pumps to clear the water.

On Christmas Eve, the calls included:

A man was rescued from his car after he was trapped in flood water in Radford Road, Tinsley Green just after midnight.

A tree and a power cable fell onto Turner Hill Road, Crawley Down, at 1.30am, blocking the road.

Flood water poured into the ground floor of a hotel in Common Road, Copthorne at 6.45am.

A WSFR spokesman issued a reminder that, due to the Fire Brigades Union strike between 7pm and midnight tonight (December 24), WSFRS would still be responding to 999 calls but would be operating with a reduced number of resources.

He added: “Advice to everyone is to take extra care and visit our website for free fire and road safety advice.”