London: Footage shows flash flooding after heavy rainfall
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London has been experiencing heavy downpours throughout Monday, peaking at about 5pm, as many parts of the city found themselves almost underwater. Photographs and videos captured around the city shows the true extent of the flash flooding as vehicles and houses bear the brunt of the rain. London Fire Brigade (LFB) has taken more than 150 calls reporting flooding across south west London.
The flooding comes as the Met Office issues flood warnings across the country for the start of this week.
Londoners have been urged to take care during the severe weather conditions as it’s understood rain will continue into tonight.
LFB tweeted: “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.”
Met Office meteorologist Steven Keates said: “This morning there was some particularly heavy rain around Bournemouth and Poole and we saw 50 to 75mm of rain in one or two spots.
“We spotted some flooding on a local scale as well, but that has eased off now but we’ve seen heavy showers breaking off all over the place at different times.
“Just on the south of London down towards Hampshire there’s a storm just breaking out as I speak and a few heavy showers are expected in parts of Devon and South Wales.
“There are other areas with heavier showers and persistence rain across parts of South Yorkshire.”
London has seen severe delays across its Transport for London (TfL) services, with at least eight tube lines now affected by flooding or signal failures as a result.
In addition, many of the capital’s roads have been hit by the flooding, causing further disruption to motorists.
Closed roads in London are:
Elmcroft Crescent (NW11)
[A41] Hendon Way (NW11, NW2)
Highfield Avenue (NW11)
Marble Drive (NW2)
Ridge Hill (NW11)
Wessex Gardens (NW11)
Woodville Gardens (NW11)
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The Metropolitan Police said it had evacuated areas in Colville Terrace, Holland Road and Ladbroke Grove due to “flooded properties”.
The Met tweeted: “Emergency services assisting in evacuating areas due to reports of flooded properties and collapsed ceilings. Road closures are in places.”
BBC meteorologist Tomasz Schafernaker took to Twitter to share his own video clip of heavy rain hitting south west London, labelling it a “massive downpour”.
He said: “The thunderstorm has become almost stationary for nearly an hour. Really bad over Wembley, Ealing, Chiswick, Wimbledon and other areas.”
As is understood, the rain is affecting western, south-western and northwestern parts of London, with a high chance of moving down into the south west of England later tonight.
The Environment Agency has issued one flood alert for areas close to the Upper River Loddon in Basingstoke, Hampshire.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has also issued flood warnings, alerting areas north west of Edinburgh.
The good news is the deluge of rain isn’t expected to stick around, with warmer, drier temperatures coming in from Wednesday.
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