Around 50 properties damaged after flooding in North London

Around 50 properties have been damaged and four people rescued after a 36-inch water pipe burst in north London.

Emergency services were called to the scene in Islington just after 7am on Monday after 4ft deep flooding crossed Hornsey Road.

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) later clarified that the burst water main caused flooding 3ft deep and two sinkholes.

Members of the London Fire Department help transport local residents (Jonathan Brady/PA) (PA wire)

Ten fire engines and around 70 firefighters were called to the scene, with crews helping two adults and two children to safety after they were unable to leave their apartment, the LFB said.

The two adults and two children were not injured.

Fire crews have now started pulling out of the scene, but several road closures are expected to be in place “for some time” as repairs are underway, the brigade added.

Station Commander Matt Brown, who was at the scene, said: ‘Flood water affected Hornsey Road, Tollington Road and a leisure centre.

“There are severe traffic congestion in the area and multiple road closures are expected to be in place for some time while our partners work to carry out repairs. The public is asked to avoid the area.

“Firefighters used flood barriers to divert water and helped two adults and two children to safety. No injuries were reported.

Thames Water officials work in Tollington Road near the junction with Hornsey Road, Holloway (Jonathan Brady/PA) (PA wire)

“If you are hit by flood waters, if possible (and without putting yourself in danger) move to a higher level.”

Thames Water, which supplies the area with water, is still at the scene.

A water company spokesperson said: ‘We are sorry to customers who are experiencing lower than normal pressure or no water this morning due to a burst pipe.

“Our engineers were quickly on site and stopped the flow of water, which is now flowing.

“We are doing everything we can to get things back to normal as quickly as possible and we are proactively contacting all people in the affected area who have pre-registered with us as having special needs, such as being medically dependent. some water. , so we can make sure we’re giving them the help and support they need.

Chris Dodsworth, a civil servant who lives in the area, described the situation as “quite stressful”.

He told the PA news agency: “I woke up around 7.30am and realized I could hear the sound of running water outside which was obviously strange, especially given the weather. he was doing recently.

“My first thought was that it had rained overnight, but obviously I looked out the window and saw that the whole street and connecting roads were completely submerged.

“It’s so strange to be surrounded by so much water (especially in this drought period)…what a contrasting day.”

Liz Clutterbuck, 41, a vicar at Emmanuel Church, told PA: ‘The flooding extends to Arthur Road. Houses between Arthur Road and Tollington Way have water above the bottom of their front doors.

The scene outside Tollington Arms in Holloway, north London, after a 36-inch water main burst, causing flooding up to four feet deep (Jonathan Brady/PA) (PA wire)

“The Sobell (leisure centre) is flooded several feet – it could be seen from at least two feet high on the outside exits of the car park. The water still seemed to be flowing rapidly an hour ago.

Reverend Clutterbuck added that the church is open to residents if they need it.

A member of staff at Tollington Arms, Hornsey Road, said: “It happened around 7am and within minutes there was flooding like a tsunami.

“The firefighters were brought to a halt very quickly and we hope, together with Thames Water, that they can get things back to normal as quickly as possible.”

A spokeswoman for GLL, the charitable social enterprise which operates the Sobell on behalf of Islington Council, said the lower ground floor of the building had been flooded, forcing staff and customers to be evacuated and closed for the day.

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