Fire crews are pumping water from a pond in Devon to stop it bursting its banks and flooding local properties.
Water is being pumped to the far side of the culvert
Devon Fire and Rescue is at the scene on Pottery Road in Bovey Tracey and says six nearby houses are at risk.
The road is being closed to make way for emergency vehicles with heavy duty pumping equipment.
The pond, which is fed by an old mill leat (man-made aqueduct), is normally drained by a culvert beneath the road, but it has collapsed.
Water is being pumped to the far side of the blocked culvert using the specialist equipment, which is reducing the pressure on the embankment.
The urban search and rescue unit being used in the operation had been on standby to be sent to northern England to help deal with the floods there.