North London suburb Stoke Newington is submerged under three feet of water

North London suburb Stoke Newington is submerged under three feet of water


North London suburb Stoke Newington is submerged under three feet of water

  • Residents in Stoke Newington, north London, were forced to flee their homes following the burst pipe
  • Dramatic photographs and video footage show gallons of water flowing down the high street 
  • It is third time burst water main has caused flooding in London this week, with Islington affected on Monday

Emily Chan For Mailonline

A busy London high street was left submerged in water after the capital was hit by its third burst water main in a week.

Hundreds of residents in Stoke Newington, north London, were forced to flee their homes after the 30-inch water main ruptured at around midday today.

Dramatic photographs and video footage show gallons of water flowing down the high street as emergency workers and dozens of firefighters raced to the scene and evacuated around 150 properties – including a block of flats.

A busy London high street was left submerged in water after a burst pipe caused major flooding  

A busy London high street was left submerged in water after a burst pipe caused major flooding  

Residents in Stoke Newington, north London, were forced to flee their homes after the 30-inch water main ruptured today

Residents in Stoke Newington, north London, were forced to flee their homes after the 30-inch water main ruptured today

Dramatic photographs and video footage show gallons of water flowing down the high street as emergency workers attended the scene 

Dramatic photographs and video footage show gallons of water flowing down the high street as emergency workers attended the scene 

More than 350 residents fled their homes this afternoon as Hackney Council set up a rest centre at Stoke Newington Town Hall – before Thames Water put up some residents in hotels.

Six fire engines and some 40 firefighters were sent to the scene in an effort to minimise flood damage.

It is the third time a burst water main has caused flooding in London this week, with residents in Islington affected on Monday.

Meanwhile, stunned residents were met with torrents of water flowing down the street and into their homes in Blackheath, south-east London, yesterday.

Alan Scott posted footage of residents wading through the water in Stoke Newington earlier today, with the caption: ‘FLOOD!!! Stoke Newington right now. It’s chaos.’  

Other residents who were left stranded in their flats shared photographs on Twitter, with Sarah Nurse writing: ‘Absolute carnage outside our flats! #stokenewington #flood #stranded!’ 

It is the third time a burst water main has caused flooding in London this week, with residents in Islington affected on Monday 

It is the third time a burst water main has caused flooding in London this week, with residents in Islington affected on Monday 

Thames Water said it had stopped the flow of water and was working with the London Fire Brigade to minimise the impact of flooding 

Thames Water said it had stopped the flow of water and was working with the London Fire Brigade to minimise the impact of flooding 

Thames Water said it had stopped the flow of water in Stoke Newington, adding that it was working with the London Fire Brigade to reduce the impact of flooding. 

Bob Collington, director of Thames Water, said: ‘It has been an extremely difficult week and, having visited and spoken to a number of those impacted, I am personally devastated for those customers who have suffered flooding so close to Christmas. 

‘We are doing everything we can to help them and will make sure they are not left out of pocket for what has happened.

‘The bursts are a clear reminder that we need to keep investing in our ageing and sometimes fragile network, with many pipes in London well over 100 years old. 

‘I have started a full investigation into recent events to understand what has gone wrong and, as a top priority, will look at every single way possible to reduce the risk of any further disruption.’ 

An aerial photograph shows the flooded area affecting Stoke Newington High Street, as emergency crews arrived 

An aerial photograph shows the flooded area affecting Stoke Newington High Street, as emergency crews arrived 

A London Fire Brigade spokeswoman said several basements in the area were underwater

A London Fire Brigade spokeswoman said several basements in the area were underwater

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said several basements in the area were underwater following the burst pipe. 

Station Manager Nicol McCallum, who was at the scene, said: ‘Crews used specialist inflatable boats to evacuate the most vulnerable residents and help others recover valuables. 

‘Firefighters laid down sandbags to try and minimise the water damage.’

She added that emergency teams were working to divert water away from homes and businesses.

Hackney Police advised the public to avoid the area following the flooding.   

Residents who were left stranded in their flats shared photographs from their homes

One person shared footage of people wading through the water

Residents who were left stranded in their flats shared photographs from their homes, while one person shared footage of people wading through the water 

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said several basements in the area were underwater following the burst pipe 

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said several basements in the area were underwater following the burst pipe 

Published at Sun, 11 Dec 2016 19:14:03 +0000