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Chaos as month’s worth of rainfall floods parts of London in few hours

July 27, 2021

News Desk

LONDON: Flash floods sparked chaos as a month’s worth of rainfall deluged parts of the capital in the space of just a few hours as the Met Office issued an amber warning. Flash floods in London have forced a hospital to evacuate 100 of its patients after water flooded its basement causing a power outage as footage posted on social media showed crews attempting to rescue stranded drivers who risked becoming submerged under rising water levels. The Environment Agency issued warnings, advising against people travelling in the dangerous conditions. The Whipps Cross Hospital in east London also cancelled all planned surgery and outpatient appointment after the torrential rainfall on Sunday evening. London Fire Brigade says it has taken more than 1,000 calls with crews rescuing stranded motorists and residents trapped in flooded basements. The Environment Agency has six flood warnings in place across the country’s south east, while there are 19 alerts for potential flooding active throughout England and Wales. Torrents of water gushed into Pudding Mill Lane tube station at Stratford, creating whirlpools at ticket barriers. Kennington Underground Station in the south of the capital and Hackney Wick station suffered a similar

fate. Forecasters said an average July would see an estimated 47mm worth of rainfall in the entire month. But residents in Redbridge, East London, saw 51mm of rainfall in just three hours, according to figures from the Met Office. Three doubledecker buses became stuck under a railway bridge near Queenstown Road station in south-west London. It’s the second time in a month that the capital’s streets have been underwater, with the fire service receiving more than 1,000 calls about flooding on July 13. The Met Office has issued further warnings over rain and thunderstorms in England and Scotland over the next four days. A yellow warning is in place for parts of Kent and Sussex between 10am and 5pm on Monday while another yellow storm warning has been issued for much of the Midlands and northern England between 9am on Tuesday and 6am on Wednesday. A spokesman for the Met Office said: “When you get that much rain falling in a short period of time then it’s crying out for flash flooding. “There will potentially be some heavy showers this afternoon (Monday) but nothing like what we saw yesterday, I don’t think. “The week ahead, generally speaking for the UK, is increasingly unsettled with some further disruption from heavy showers and thunderstorms.”