Flooding forces care home residents to evacuate

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A BURST pipe in the roof of a large nursing home flooded the building.

Residents of South Africa Lodge, in Stakes Hill Road, Waterlooville, were woken early this morning to water coming through the roof.

At 6.20am, firefighters from Waterlooville retained crew were sent to the home, which cares for people with dementia and learning and physical disabilities.

They were asked to help clear up after the flood.

A spokeswoman for Hampshire and Rescue Service said the flooding began in the roof and effected all the floors.

She said 11 residents were evacuated from their rooms within one of the buildings within the gated complex.

Firefighters are using specialist equipment to get rid of the water.

The News contacted the care home but they did not wish to comment other than to say all residents were back in the building.