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London flooding SW London hit with flash floods

London flooding SW London hit with flash floods


Flash floods: Parts of London receive a month of rain in one day Tue, 13 Jul 2021 11:00:00 +0100-Pictures show torrential rain across areas including south west London, causing a number of London train and tube stations to close.

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A flooded road in south London after heavy rainfall. ( @DanHolden85 )

Pictures show torrential rain across areas including south west London, causing a number of London train and tube stations to close.

Underground stations including Wimbledon in the south and Chalk Farm and Hampstead stations in north London, have drawn their barriers due to the heavy rainfall.

Euston Station lines had to be shut down after the intense downpours on Monday evening, with people unable to travel in or out of the city via the major transport hub.

Cars were also filmed struggling to make their way through streets that appear to have turned into rivers after several inches of rainwater.

Raynes Park

The flooding problems appear to be concentrated in south west and north west London, including boroughs such as Richmond, Kingston, Merton and Sutton.

Residents in a number of areas such as South Hampstead, West Hampstead, Raynes Park, Friern Barnet, Isleworth and Wimbledon have taken to social media to post videos of the scenes and expressing shock at finding whole roads in their neighbourhoods submerged underwater.

Pictures have also emerged of people swimming in ponds created by the thunderstorms on Primrose Hill.

Sutton

In South End Green, firefighters were called to help carry some walkers to safety across roads that had been flooded by water pouring off Hampstead Heath.

Tenants of Lancaster West Estate in North Kensington, near Grenfell Tower, complained that a storm had caused a nearby manhole cover to blow off and “water and raw sewage” was flowing around the block.

London Fire Brigade said it had taken more than 1,000 calls related to flooding.

Our 999 Control Officers have taken over 150 calls to flooding incidents across #SWLondon. Please only call 999 in an emergency. During a flood, don’t go out unless you have to. Avoid walking through flood water & take extra care on the roads https://t.co/uxY9zQkBR7 pic.twitter.com/20FdqIwOou

A spokesperson for the service said: “We’re asking people not to walk through or drive through the flood water. Flood water can be contaminated and vehicles can become unstable.

“We’re also asking people to look out for their neighbours and look out for weather warnings in their area.”

Elsewhere in the UK, Preston has also been affected by flooding with a section of the M6 having to be closed to traffic for some time on Monday afternoon. It has since reopened.

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SW London hit with flash floods Tue, 13 Jul 2021 11:00:00 +0100-Cars are submerged in water in some areas while train services have also been cancelled.

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Flash floods: Parts of London receive a month of rain in one day

image copyrightRob Watkins
image captionVehicles were submerged by floodwater in Raynes Park

Parts of London received a month's worth of rain in one day, causing flash floods.

On Monday 47.8mm of rain fell in a 24-hour period in Kew, most of it in just one hour. The average monthly rainfall in July is 44.5mm.

Residents were evacuated from their homes and train services cancelled, while cars were submerged in water.

London Fire Brigade said it had taken more than 1,000 calls related to flooding.

A spokesperson for the service said: “We're asking people not to walk through or drive through the floodwater. Floodwater can be contaminated and vehicles can become unstable.”

Among those to suffer was Queen guitarist Brian May, who lives in Kensington.

The rock star said he was “angry” after a number of his “precious” belongings were ruined during the flooding.

In a post on Instagram, he wrote: “The whole bottom floor had been inundated with a sewage overflow – which has covered our carpets, rugs and all kinds of precious (to us) things in a stinking sludge.

“It's disgusting, and actually quite heart-breaking,” the We Will Rock You writer added. “It feels like we have been invaded, desecrated.”

Daisy King, from Holland Park, described how she came home to find more than two feet of water in her flat.

image copyrightDaisy King
image captionDaisy King's home was left under several inches of water

She said: “It was up to my knees and all my stuff was floating about in it.

“The fridge and oven were half-filled with water and books and records were ruined.”

One resident in Maida Vale said his basement was “under at least a foot of water, and it was black, so it is sewage water”.

Shane, who lives on Shirland Road, said “everything was wrecked” by the floods which “subsided quickly” when the rain stopped.

Kensington and Chelsea Council said 120 people were put up in hotels on Monday night due to flooding in the area.

One video posted on Twitter shows water pouring in down the stairs at Sloane Square Tube station.

Putney Village in Wandsworth and Chipstead in Surrey both recorded more than 31mm of rain in one hour.

The rainfall recorded in Kew Gardens on Monday made it the wettest day there since 6 July 1983 and the third wettest day on record.

media captionFlash floods leave cars submerged as roads fill with rain
image captionRoads in Barnes looked more like rivers

Gareth Furby, who lives in Barnes, south-west London, described “bailing out” water from a neighbours front garden.

“I helped another neighbour by building a dam at her front gate,” he said.

“A theory locally is that the rain came precisely at high tide on the Thames which meant any sewers which flow into the river backed up.”

Underground stations, including Chalk Farm, Hampstead and Wimbledon, were closed due to the flooding.

Lines at Euston station had to be shut down after the intense downpours.

The train routes still affected by floods include:

  • Thameslink services
  • The London Underground Circle Line, District Line and Hammersmith and City Line
  • Services into and out of London Euston
  • Services between London St Pancras International and Luton

A lightning strike has also damaged signalling at Epsom, affecting trains between London Waterloo and Dorking.

Operators have said trains could be cancelled or delayed with commuters advised to check before they travel.

image copyrightLondon Euston
image captionTrains in and out of London Euston have been cancelled due to the tracks being flooded

Do you live in an area affected by flooding? Share your experiences and video by emailing haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk.

Please include a contact number if you are willing to speak to a BBC journalist. You can also get in touch in the following ways:

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image copyrightRob Watkins
image captionVehicles were submerged by floodwater in Raynes Park

Parts of London received a month's worth of rain in one day, causing flash floods.

On Monday 47.8mm of rain fell in a 24-hour period in Kew, most of it in just one hour. The average monthly rainfall in July is 44.5mm.

Residents were evacuated from their homes and train services cancelled, while cars were submerged in water.

London Fire Brigade said it had taken more than 1,000 calls related to flooding.

A spokesperson for the service said: “We're asking people not to walk through or drive through the floodwater. Floodwater can be contaminated and vehicles can become unstable.”

Among those to suffer was Queen guitarist Brian May, who lives in Kensington.

The rock star said he was “angry” after a number of his “precious” belongings were ruined during the flooding.

In a post on Instagram, he wrote: “The whole bottom floor had been inundated with a sewage overflow – which has covered our carpets, rugs and all kinds of precious (to us) things in a stinking sludge.

“It's disgusting, and actually quite heart-breaking,” the We Will Rock You writer added. “It feels like we have been invaded, desecrated.”

Daisy King, from Holland Park, described how she came home to find more than two feet of water in her flat.

image copyrightDaisy King
image captionDaisy King's home was left under several inches of water

She said: “It was up to my knees and all my stuff was floating about in it.

“The fridge and oven were half-filled with water and books and records were ruined.”

One resident in Maida Vale said his basement was “under at least a foot of water, and it was black, so it is sewage water”.

Shane, who lives on Shirland Road, said “everything was wrecked” by the floods which “subsided quickly” when the rain stopped.

Kensington and Chelsea Council said 120 people were put up in hotels on Monday night due to flooding in the area.

One video posted on Twitter shows water pouring in down the stairs at Sloane Square Tube station.

Putney Village in Wandsworth and Chipstead in Surrey both recorded more than 31mm of rain in one hour.

The rainfall recorded in Kew Gardens on Monday made it the wettest day there since 6 July 1983 and the third wettest day on record.

media captionFlash floods leave cars submerged as roads fill with rain
image captionRoads in Barnes looked more like rivers

Gareth Furby, who lives in Barnes, south-west London, described “bailing out” water from a neighbours front garden.

“I helped another neighbour by building a dam at her front gate,” he said.

“A theory locally is that the rain came precisely at high tide on the Thames which meant any sewers which flow into the river backed up.”

Underground stations, including Chalk Farm, Hampstead and Wimbledon, were closed due to the flooding.

Lines at Euston station had to be shut down after the intense downpours.

The train routes still affected by floods include:

  • Thameslink services
  • The London Underground Circle Line, District Line and Hammersmith and City Line
  • Services into and out of London Euston
  • Services between London St Pancras International and Luton

A lightning strike has also damaged signalling at Epsom, affecting trains between London Waterloo and Dorking.

Operators have said trains could be cancelled or delayed with commuters advised to check before they travel.

image copyrightLondon Euston
image captionTrains in and out of London Euston have been cancelled due to the tracks being flooded

Do you live in an area affected by flooding? Share your experiences and video by emailing haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk.

Please include a contact number if you are willing to speak to a BBC journalist. You can also get in touch in the following ways:

If you are reading this page and can't see the form you will need to visit the mobile version of the BBC website to submit your question or comment or you can email us at HaveYourSay@bbc.co.uk. Please include your name, age and location with any submission.

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.


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