Flash flooding sparks chaos as torrential rain lashes South East

The sudden downpours hit as Thames Water, which supplies 15 million people, confirmed it was putting a hosepipe ban in place next week, saying water levels in its reservoirs were “much lower than usual”.

Officials in Hackney warned residents that “severe flooding” meant they should avoid Stoke Newington in the east London borough and it was working to clear drains and hand out sandbags.

Heavy downpours also left “large pools of water in several locations” in Islington and Finsbury Park, north London, the council said. The gym in the Houses of Parliament was also flooded out.

Nottinghamshire County Council said at least 30 homes and business premises in its area were hit, and an eight-foot-wide sinkhole had been reported to have appeared in a car park. Worksop Leisure Centre was put on standby as a rest centre in case properties needed to be evacuated.

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said it was carrying out “a drying-out job” after water got into some of the buildings in Bassetlaw Hospital.

Stagecoach East Midlands, which serves Hull, Lincolnshire and North Notts, told customers services had been operating “to the best of our ability” but flooding had caused disruption across the whole Worksop network.


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