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The London Fire Brigade said 10 fire engines have been called to flooding on Hornsey Road in Islington, which is located close to the Emirates Stadium, the home of Arsenal Football Club. A 36-inch water main has burst with resulting flooding that is around four-foot deep. Several surrounding roads have been closed as firefighters look to safely secure the scene, and people have been urged to avoid the area.

Fire crews from Holloway, Islington, Kentish Town, Stoke Newington and surrounding fire stations are at the scene.

Station Commander Matt Brown, who is at the scene, said: “Flood water is affecting Hornsey Road, Tollington Road and a leisure centre.

“There are multiple road closures in place whilst crews work to make the scene safe. People are urged to avoid the area.

“Firefighters are using flood barriers to divert water.

“If you are affected by flood water, if possible (and without putting yourself at risk) move to a higher level.”

“The Brigade’s 999 Control Officers have taken 12 calls to the incident.

The London Fire Brigade said in an earlier statement: “Eight fire engines and around 60 firefighters have been called to flooding on Hornsey Road in Islington.

“A 36-inch water main has burst causing flooding up to a depth of around 4 feet. Flood water is affecting Hornsey Road and Tollington Road.

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The Tollington Arms pub in Islington shared a video on Twitter of the huge flooding, with cars struggling to make their way through the deep water.

It wrote: “Probably best to avoid our area due to a burst water main.

“Difficult to walk, drive or cycle currently! We’re sure it will be sorted by opening!”

Thames Water said in a statement on its website: “We’re on our way. Thanks for letting us know about low water pressure and no water in N1, N4, N5, N7, N10 & N16.

“Our specialist engineers are on their way to investigate reports of a burst water main, and we will be doing everything we can to get things up and running as quickly as possible.

“We’re really sorry if this has disrupted your day.”

Several people took to Twitter reacting to videos of the intense flooding, referencing the hosepipe ban hitting millions of Britons that could soon hit millions of others.

Twitter user “Alex” (@LimeFairyLiquid) wrote: “Don’t they know there’s a hosepipe ban?”

“Twedders” (@AfcMT21) said: “Hosepipe ban though….”

Fellow Twitter user “Mark McDougall” (@noodlesmuirend) commented: “Everything will be fine if you just stop using your hosepipes.”

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