When I was in London 12 years ago I noticed that in many places people have to go DOWNSTAIRS, below ground level to get access to their flats.
The day world famous Portobello Road turned into a stream as ‘biblical’ flash floods hit large parts of London with cars abandoned in 2ft-deep torrents and homes and businesses inundated by nearly THREE inches of rain in 90 minutes
- Torrential downpours and flash floods saw three inches of rain hit capital within in just 90 minutes yesterday
- Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning as forecasters warn of flooding to roads and homes after
- The gloomy downpours are also set to be accompanied by thunderstorms in some parts of the UK
- But as heavy rain subsides the heat and sunshine are set to return this weekend with temperatures soaring
Londoners were left battling ‘biblical storms’ last night as flash floods hit the capital and left a trail of destruction across the city, with rescue teams evacuating properties amid fears of collapsing ceilings and several tube stations forced to close.
Flood waters poured through the streets of Portobello Road in Notting Hill after nearly three inches of rain hit the capital in just 90 minutes and in Raynes Park, south London, cars were left abandoned in around 2ft of water after torrential downpours caused travel chaos and left homes and businesses flooded.
Meanwhile in Turnpike Lane, north London, people were spotted wading through the water in the streets as the heavy rain pelted down and flooded the roads.
In other scenes, Sloane Square tube station in Chelsea was forced to shut down after fast flowing water poured down the steps of the underground and in South Hampstead motorists desperately tried to navigate their way through the roads as the heavy rainfall continued to fall.
Elsewhere, in St John’s Wood, one homeowner was left shocked as water began to splurge out of their overflowing toilet through their property.
MPS Westminster also reported heavy flooding around Colville Terrace, Holland Road and Ladbroke Grove and said the emergency services were now evacuating areas due to flooded properties and collapsed ceilings.
A spokesman said: ‘Reports of heavy flooding around Westminster including Colville Terrace, Holland Road and Ladbroke Grove Emergency services assisting in evacuating areas due to reports of flooded properties and collapsed ceilings. Road closures are in place.
It came as the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for rain for a large section of southern England and the Environment Agency issued one flood alert for areas close to the upper River Loddon in Basingstoke, Hampshire.
As the intense downpours ensued, the London Fire Brigade confirmed they had received more than 1,000 calls related to flooding and urged people to ‘only call if there was a genuine emergency’.
A spokesperson for the service said: ‘We’re asking people not to walk through or drive through the flood water. Flood water can be contaminated and vehicles can become unstable.
‘We’re also asking people to look out for their neighbours and look out for weather warnings in their area.’
Yesterday, Euston Station lines had to be shut down and underground stations, including Chalk Farm and Hampstead stations in north London and Wimbledon in the south, also drew their barriers due to the heavy rainfall.
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 information.’
Flood waters poured through the streets of Portobello Road in Notting Hill after nearly three inches of rain hit the capital in just 90 minutes yesterday
Cars are left abandoned in around 2ft of water after heavy rain falls on a road in South Hampstead, north London, yesterday
Rain batters the streets of London forcing cars to drive through inches of rain during thunderstorms in London last night
It wasn’t all mayhem, as mechanic Andy Simmons downed tools and brought out the jet-ski he stores at his garage in Poole, Dorset
Cars are abandoned in water after torrential downpours left roads flooded in Turnpike Lane, north London, yesterday
In St John’s Wood, one homeowner was left shocked as water began to splurge out of their overflowing toilet through their property
Roads are flooded in Maida Vale, west London, after heavy rainfall hits the capital – with nearly three inches of rain hitting the region in just 90 minutes
People sprint through the streets of Highgate in north London with their umbrellas to get out of the torrential downpours
People are left drenched as torrential rain falls down on Turnpike Lane in north London, with the Met Office warning of floods and up to two inches of rain
The London Fire Brigade received more than 1,000 calls last night and the Met Office also warned there would be flooding in the south of the country