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London flash floods LIVE – Cars underwater, train chaos, and Brian May's home WRECKED as month of rain falls in a day

FLASH flooding hit parts of London and the South yesterday, leaving a trail of destruction as the Capital is battered by torrential showers.

A month's worth of rain poured down in places in just one hour yesterday – with London Fire Brigade since inundated with over 1000 calls regarding reports of flooding.

Drivers were forced to abandon their vehicles as the roads were engulfed while residents battled through deep floodwater in their homes.

Water even gushed down into the Underground, forcing the circle line train to reverse at Baker Street station.

Other unbelievable footage from the capital shows water surging down the steps at Chelsea's Sloane Square tube station -while pictures also showed people swimming in ponds created by the thunderstorms on Primrose Hill.

Flood alerts remain in place for four areas including Merton, Sutton, Kingston upon Thames, Richmond upon Thames and Wandsworth.

Read our London floods live blog below for the latest news and information…

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    BRIAN MAY SHARES IMAGES OF 'DEVASTATION' IN HIS FLOODED LONDON HOME

    Brian May has said he is "angry" after a number of his "precious" belongings were ruined during the flooding of his London home.

    There were flash floods in the capital on Tuesday following intense downpours the previous night.

    Queen guitarist May, 73, said he came home from a day out to "horror in our house" in Kensington, west London.

    In a post on Instagram, he added: "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 heartbreaking. It feels like we were have been invaded, desecrated."

    He said his wife Anita Dobson had "a lifetime of memorabilia on the floor of our basement – and most of it is sodden and ruined".

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    WHICH AREAS OF LONDON ARE AT MOST RISK OF FLOODING?

    According to a 2015 report, around 300,000 homes across multiple boroughs are deemed to be at most risk of flooding from the Thames and the capital’s numerous other rivers.

    These areas include:

    • Hammersmith and Fulham
    • Newham,
    • Tower Hamlets,
    • Barking,
    • Dagenham,
    • Southwark,
    • Greenwich,
    • Richmond upon Thames,
    • Wandsworth,
    • Bexley and Lewisham.

    IN PICTURES: MANHOLE EXPLODES DURING YESTERDAY'S LONDON FLOODING

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      YELLOW WEATHER WARNING IN PLACE FOR LARGE PART OF SOUTHERN ENGLAND

      The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for rain for a large part of southern England.

      The affected area stretches from Devon in the west, all along the south coast as far as East Anglia and as far north as Cambridgeshire and almost to Bristol.

      Flood alerts are in place for four areas, including Beverley Brook in the south London borough of Merton, Sutton, Kingston upon Thames, Richmond upon Thames and Wandsworth.

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      ENVIRONMENT AGENCY ISSUES SEVEN FLOOD WARNINGS

      The Environment Agency has issued seven flood alerts for Upper River Loddon; River Hamble; River Brent from Hendon to Brentford; Lower River Lee from Hoddesdon to Canning Town; the Lower Lee tributaries; Eastern Yar and Beverley Brook area in Merton, Sutton, Kingston upon Thames, Richmond upon Thames and Wandsworth.

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      TROUBLED & CONCERNED TORY MP 'IN CONTACT' WITH THAMES WATER OVER CHELSEA AND KENSINGTON FLOODING

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      EXPLAINED: WHAT IS THE THAMES BARRIER RIVER DEFENCE SYSTEM

      Opened in 1982, The Thames Barrier is a barrier system  designed to prevet Greater London from being flooded by high tides from the North Sea.

      It is retractable and is the world's second-largest movable flood barrier, 

      It is raised (closed) only during high tide at ebb tide it is lowered to release the water which backs up behind it.

      Despite global warming, and a higher predicted rate of sea level rise, recent analysis suggested the barrier could last until around 2060–2070.

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      LONDON'S RIVER THAMES LAST BURST IT'S BANKS IN 1928

      The 1928 Thames flood is the last time the capitals most prominent river burst its banks.

      Fourteen people died and thousands were made homeless when floodwaters poured over the over embankments at Southwark, Lambeth, Temple Pier and the Houses of Parliament, where Old Palace Yard and Westminster Hall were quickly flooded.

      Icnonic landmraks including the Houses of Parliament, the Tate Gallery and the Tower of London were surrounded by water.

      "It came like a waterfall over the parapet and into the space at the foot of Big Ben," wrote a Times correspondent.

      Along with the disastrous North Flood of 1953 and the political unrest that ensued, the flood helped lead to the implementation of new flood-control measures. Those plans culminated in the construction of the Thames Barrier in in the 1970s.

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      HOW TO GET FLOOD ALERTS IN LONDON

      The Government has a flood warning information service which will give you an idea of which regions are at risk of flooding.

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      HISTORY: WHEN HAS LONDON BEEN HIT BY FLASH FLOODS BEFORE?

      • 1928 – The capital was hit by a serious flood as a combination of melting snow, a high tide, and a storm surge caused the Thames river to burst its banks, devastating central London.
      • 1953 – During the tragic North Sea Flood, London was just one of the a number of areas affected across the country and across Europe.  Water overspilled the Royal Docks and drained into the sewers – flooding Canning Town. One person died as hundreds were made homeless.
      • 2013 – 2014 Thousands of people had to be evacuated from their homes after what was considered the stormiest December since 1969. Months later a South Devon railway sea wall carrying the railway linking London with the west of England was washed away by a powerful storm that hit the UK overnight. Thousands of homes were left without electricity
      • 2021 – A month's worth of rain poured down in areas of London places in just one hour – with severe flooding wreaking havoc in Raynes Park as cars became submerged in the water.

      MAPPED: THE AREAS OF LONDON MOST AT RISK OF FLOODING?

      WHICH AREAS OF LONDON ARE AT MOST RISK OF FLOODING?

      According to a 2015 report, around 300,000 homes across multiple boroughs are deemed to be at most risk of flooding from the Thames and the capital’s numerous other rivers.

      These areas include:

      • Hammersmith and Fulham
      • Newham,
      • Tower Hamlets,
      • Barking,
      • Dagenham,
      • Southwark,
      • Greenwich,
      • Richmond upon Thames,
      • Wandsworth,
      • Bexley and Lewisham.

      ODDS ON FOR WETTEST JULY ON RECORD AFTER FLASH FLOODS

      Bookmaker Coral now makes this July odds on, at 1-2, to be the wettest since records began as parts of London had more rainfall in 24 hours than the average for the whole of the month.

      The average monthly rainfall in July is 44.5mm, with some areas enduring nearly 48mm.

      "Many parts of the UK escaped with a dry Monday but the capital endured some of the heaviest rain it has ever had and it means this month is now odds on to enter the record books as the wettest July ever following a remarkable 24 hours," said Coral's Harry Aitkenhead.

      Coral do make this July only 5-4 to also enter the record books as the UK's hottest ever, with a heatwave now expected.

      "In keeping with the unpredictability of the British weather, there's also every chance of this month being our warmest July with temperatures set to soar towards the middle of the month," added Aitkenhead.

      CONTINUING DISRUPTION TO LONDON OVERGROUND SERVICES

      Network Rail added that the line between Kilburn Junction and Euston remains blocked, which will affect London Overground services throughout the day.

      “We’d advise everyone to check their journey before they travel."

      ‘INSANE’ RAINFALL CREATES ‘RIVERS’ IN PARTS OF LONDON AND SUSSEX

      In Putney and Seaford, Sussex, heavy downpours caused chaos on the roads, with flooding in places.

      Shocking footage of floodwater in Hampstead Heath shared on social media shows police and ambulance vehicles blocked by the “insane” rainfall.

      “It’s like a bloody river,” one user wrote.

      In Kew Gardens 48mm fell in just a few hours – its July average is normally 47mm.

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        PICTURED: PORTOBELLO SHOP OWNERS START CLEAR UP FOLLOWING FLOODS

        Shop owners in around Portobello Road start the clear up after torrential rain and flash flooding caused properties and shops to floodCredit: LNP
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        TRAINS OUT OF EUSTON CANCELLED DUE TO FLOODING

        A Network Rail spokesperson said: “The line between Watford Junction and Euston has been closed and engineers are on site inspecting the track as the water recedes.

        “As soon as it is safe to do so, we will have trains on the move again.

        “We would advise anyone travelling this evening to check with their train operator or the National Rail Enquiries website for the latest informatio

      • Joseph Gamp

        YELLOW WEATHER WARNING IN PLACE FOR LARGE PART OF SOUTHERN ENGLAND

        The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for rain for a large part of southern England.

        The affected area stretches from Devon in the west, all along the south coast as far as East Anglia and as far north as Cambridgeshire and almost to Bristol.

        Flood alerts are in place for four areas, including Beverley Brook in the south London borough of Merton, Sutton, Kingston upon Thames, Richmond upon Thames and Wandsworth.

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        'YOU SHOULD SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING AT SLOANE SQUARE'

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        KEW IN SOUTH WEST LONDON SEES WETTEST DAY IN OVER 35 YEARS

        Kew, in southwest London, experienced 47.8mm of rain, most of it in just one hour.

        The area’s average monthly rainfall in July is 44.5mm.

        It makes Monday the wettest day in Kew since 6 July 1983 and the third wettest day on record, according to analysis by the BBC.

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        KENSINGTON & CHELSEA COUNCIL RESPONDS TO ACCUSATIONS LEVELLED BY BRIAN MAY

        A Kensington and Chelsea council spokesman has responded to Brian May blaming officials for flood damage to his home.

        “Our priority is to make sure residents who have been affected by last night’s flooding have the help they need,” he told PA.

        He added the council is making welfare calls to “vulnerable” residents and support centres have been set up in the area.

        “Flash floods have affected boroughs across London after sudden and torrential rainfall. This is causing damage and disruption across the city, not just here in Kensington and Chelsea, and is not linked to basement building.”

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        WATCH: FLASH FLOODS HIT LONDON AND SOUTH AS THUNDERSTORMS DUMP A MONTH’S RAIN IN ONE HOUR

        UK weather – Flash floods hit London and South as thunderstorms dump a month’s rain in ONE HOUR

      • Joseph Gamp

        'INSANE' RAINFALL CREATES 'RIVERS' IN PARTS OF LONDON AND SUSSEX

        In Putney and Seaford, Sussex, heavy downpours caused chaos on the roads, with flooding in places.

        Shocking footage of floodwater in Hampstead Heath shared on social media shows police and ambulance vehicles blocked by the "insane" rainfall.

        "It's like a bloody river," one user wrote.

        In Kew Gardens 48mm fell in just a few hours – its July average is normally 47mm.

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        PICTURED: MOTORISTS STRUGGLE TO DRIVE AROUND WESTFIELD SHOPPING CENTRE IN WEST LONDON

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        ENVIRONMENT AGENCY ISSUES SEVEN FLOOD WARNINGS

        The Environment Agency has issued seven flood alerts for Upper River Loddon; River Hamble; River Brent from Hendon to Brentford; Lower River Lee from Hoddesdon to Canning Town; the Lower Lee tributaries; Eastern Yar and Beverley Brook area in Merton, Sutton, Kingston upon Thames, Richmond upon Thames and Wandsworth.

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