London weather: City awash with flooding and heavy rain
Torrential showers and thunderstorms have caused flooding across parts of London leaving motorists and shoppers stranded.
London Fire Brigade said that they have taken more than 300 calls from those areas concerning flooding on roads and in basements.
As many as eight tube stations were closed due to flooding and hospitals in Newham have asked people seeking emergency treatment to go to other medical facilities if possible.
The worst affected areas were initially Clapham and Camberwell in the south of the city, but flooding has also been reported across the east and north-east of the capital.
Social media users have posted alarming images of rising water, abandoned cars, and apparent monsoon conditions.
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More footage from Battersea today
Whole streets were underwater in parts of Battersea in the borough of Wandsworth.
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Statement from Barts Health NHS Trust
A spokesperson for Barts Health NHS Trust said: “We are experiencing operational issues at Whipps Cross Hospital and Newham Hospital due to the heavy rainfall.”
“We are working closely with our local partners to resolve the issues and maintain patient care and - while services remain available for people in an emergency - patients are asked to attend alternative hospitals where they can, to help us put solutions in place as quickly as possible.”
The statement summarised the situation, saying that flooding has caused operational issues at Whipps Cross Hospital and Newham Hospital.
A major incident has been called across the Trust as a result. Emergency departments are open for walk-ins but patients are asked to attend alternative hospitals where possible.
More footage of overwhelmed storm drains — this time in Nine Elms.
Stranded bus passengers rescued by local heroes
Hero residents in London’s Hackney Wick set off into floodwaters to rescue passengers from a stranded bus.
The locals used an inflatable boat and wore black bin bags on their legs to protect themselves from dirty water as they carried people from the public vehicle to safety on Osborne Road in the north east of the city.
Crowds cheered as grateful passengers were returned to dry land.
London experienced flash floods on Sunday afternoon with the Met Office issuing a yellow weather warning for the south east of England.
This is the moment hero residents in London's Hackney Wick set off into floodwaters to rescue passengers from a stranded bus.The locals used an inflatable boat and wore black bin bags on their legs to protect themselves from dirty water as they carried people from the public vehicle to safety on Osborne Road in the north east of the city.Crowds cheered as grateful passengers were returned to dry land.London experienced flash floods on Sunday afternoon with the Met Office issuing a yellow weather warning for the south east of England.
A motorcyclist carries on undeterred
(AFP via Getty Images)
(AFP via Getty Images)
Labour Party offices closed by flooding
Flash flooding caused by Sunday's heavy rain has now hit parliament, with the Labour Party’s offices forced to closed.
Guido Fawkes reports that the party’s office in the Norman Shaw South building on Victoria Embankment will be closed tomorrow.
A message to workers in the building reads: “Colleagues and Members are also advised not to work from Norman Shaw North on Monday 26 July, if at all possible.”
Flooding chaos hits east London emergency departments
Flash flooding across much of London has led to problems at Newham Hospital in the east of the city.
Torrential rain has caused the emergency department to flood, leading the hospital to tweet asking patients to “attend a neighbouring hospital if possible”.
Heavy rain has caused scenes of chaos across the capital
Footage shows drainage system erupting in Portobello Road
London’s drainage system appears to have been overwhelmed by the intense rainfall today, either by being over-capacity or blocked.
Footage posted to Instagram shows water erupting from a drain in Portobello Road in north west London.
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