Firefighters worked quickly to stop floodwater from reaching Crawley homes.
Two fire engine crews were called to a flood in Weald Drive, Furnace Green, at around 2pm today (Wednesday October 7).
Crawley firefighter Paul Collins said: “It was getting very close to affecting five properties on Weald Drive.
“It was within inches of going into the houses.
“We quickly set out about pumping it away.
“Residents were there trying to brush it out with brooms and other things.”
He said the two Crawley crews closed the road straight away as cars were creating ‘waves’ which could push water into the homes.
Firefighters used both fire engines to pump the water out for about two hours.
They left after the flood was contained to the road.
The Highways agency, Sussex Police, Thames Water and Southern Water were in attendance.
Mr Collins said: “There was no actual source - it was a blockage somewhere in the drain system and it had caused the water to back up.”
A man said water from a nearby stream had come up through the drains.
Sam Truelove, from Crawley, tweeted: “Drain blockage causing chaos on Weald Drive, Crawley.
“Cars being diverted down Loppets Road and Sylvan Road.
“Water looks to be affecting people’s homes. Residents with wellies and brooms.”
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