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

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image captionVehicles were submerged by floodwater successful Raynes Park

Parts of London received a month's worthy of rainfall successful 1 day, causing flash floods.

On Monday 47.8mm of rainfall fell successful a 24-hour play successful Kew, astir of it successful conscionable 1 hour. The mean monthly rainfall successful July is 44.5mm.

Residents were evacuated signifier their homes and bid services cancelled, portion cars were submerged successful water.

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

A spokesperson for the work said: "We're asking radical not to locomotion done oregon thrust done the floodwater. Floodwater tin beryllium contaminated and vehicles tin go unstable."

One nonmigratory successful Maida Vale, successful westbound London, said his basement was "under astatine slightest a ft of water, and it was black, truthful it is sewage water".

Shane, who lives connected Shirland Road, said "everything was wrecked" by the floods which "subsided quickly" erstwhile the rainfall stopped.

Kensington and Chelsea Council said 120 radical were enactment up successful hotels yesterday owed to flooding successful the area.

One video posted connected Twitter shows h2o pouring successful down the stairs astatine Sloane Square Tube station.

North Kensington Library and Central Kensington Library are besides closed owed to flooding.

Putney Village successful Wandsworth, and Chipstead successful Surrey, some recorded much than 31mm of rainfall successful 1 hour.

Rain recorded successful Kew Gardens connected Monday makes it the wettest time determination since 6 July 1983 and the 3rd wettest time connected record.

media captionFlash floods permission cars submerged arsenic roads capable with rain
image captionRoads successful Barnes looked much similar rivers

Gareth Furby who lives successful Barnes, south-west London, described "bailing out" h2o from a neighbours beforehand garden.

"I helped different neighbour by gathering a dam astatine her beforehand gate," helium said.

"A mentation locally is that the rainfall came precisely astatine precocious tide connected the Thames which meant immoderate sewers which travel into the stream backed up."

Underground stations, including Chalk Farm, Hampstead and Wimbledon, closed owed to utmost flooding.

Lines astatine Euston presumption had to beryllium unopen down aft the aggravated downpours.

The bid routes inactive affected by floods include:

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

A lightning onslaught has besides damaged signalling astatine Epsom, affecting trains betwixt London Waterloo and Dorking.

Operators person said trains could beryllium cancelled oregon delayed with commuters advised to cheque earlier they travel.

image copyrightLondon Euston

image captionTrains successful and retired of London Euston person been cancelled owed to the tracks being flooded

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