Firefighters have attended a derelict building in Garston, just off the Dome Roundabout, after its basement was flooded.
Herts Fire & Rescue mobilised its Garston crew at 9.39pm on December 20 to go to the vacant Lemarie Centre on St Albans Road, where the lowest floor had been flooded with water. The situation was dealt with rapidly, as the team used a light weight pump and submersible pump to clear the basement.
Watford Borough Council (WBC), who owns the building, said they believed the cause of the flooding was frost/thaw’s effect on water pipes in the building. The damage, and potential costs to fix it, will be investigated further.
This is the second incident of damage the Lemarie Centre has received this year, after a fire being investigated as arson took place in the building in March. No one was injured in the blaze.
The building was formerly occupied by several local charities but has remained vacant following their departure in January of this year.
When asked about any future plans for the site, WBC said they were unable to comment any further, and that it currently remained vacant, but the building does feature in the town’s Local Plan, which suggests it could be repurposed for either residential or community use.