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Families and businesses hit by three major floods in London

Flooding from burst water main affects families and businesses in London.

16 December 2016

Families and business owners in three areas of London have been forced to leave their properties following incidents of flooding caused by burst water mains.

It was reported that dozens of families will be ‘homeless’ for as long as six months after a water pipe burst in Islington, north London, on Monday 5 December causing extensive damage to property.

A large water pipe, owned by Thames Water, burst in Upper Street at around 4am releasing thousands of gallons of water into the street flooding local homes and businesses.

Firefighters from multiple stations around London attended the scene and pumped water into a nearby canal.

The fire brigade said that the water was up to two metres deep in some basement properties. Just days later on Saturday 10 December a water main burst in Blackheath, south London, causing severe flooding to homes and businesses.

Water flowed into properties on Lee Road and the area was closed to traffic. It was reported that 10 businesses and eight homes in Meadow Court Road were flooded.

A day later on 11 December a water pipe burst in Northwold Road, Stoke Newington, flooding around 150 properties and resulting in more than 350 people being forced to leave their properties.

Thames Water has announced a full investigation into the three floods. Director of Thames Water, Bob Collington, has said that they are “doing everything they can” to help those affected by the floods.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan warned Thames Water that it must do better. He said:

“With three similar incidents in less than a week, Londoners will want answers about how Thames Water are going to up their game and ensure we don’t see a repeat of the last week.”

Brian McFerran, a product liability lawyer at Leigh Day, commented:

“This event has caused untold distress and misery for dozens of families and traders expecting a busy period in the lead up to Christmas.

“I welcome reports that Thames Water has launched a full investigation and that its loss adjustors are supporting those affected by the flooding with insurance claims, although not everyone may be insured for this type of catastrophic loss.”

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