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London floods cause travel chaos as train lines are suspended


tipping floods in London on Monday night continue to cause travel chaos as a number of train lines and tube stations remain affected.

It comes after many of the capital’s roads were flooded, after nearly three inches of rain fell in just 90 minutes.

A spokesman for Network Rail said the standard: “Engineers worked through the night to clear floodwaters and inspect and repair tracks and equipment.

“Mainline services are running this morning, although a number of trains and crews are out of place, so some disruption remains likely.”

Network Rail added that the line between Kilburn Junction and Euston will remain blocked, which will affect London Overground services throughout the day.

“We would advise everyone to check their trip before traveling.”

Euston Station lines had to be closed after the intense rain showers on Monday night, while tube stations including Chalk Farm and Hampstead stations in north London and Wimbledon in the south were closed due to heavy rainfall.

TfL said on Twitter that “staff have worked overnight across the network and have been working to repair the damage caused by rain / flood water”.

Videos on social media showed the extent of the heavy rainfall on Monday, mainly in south-west and north-west London, including districts such as Richmond and Kingston.

One user shared a video of Portobello Road fully flooded.

Another showed water flowing down the stairs at Sloane Square subway station.

There have also been images of people swimming in ponds created by thunderstorms on Primrose Hill.

In South End Green, firefighters were called in to help lead some hikers to safety across roads that had been flooded by water flowing out of Hampstead Heath.

In Hammersmith and Fulham, the city council declared a state of emergency in the borough after rain caused sewers to overflow and enter a number of homes.

The London Fire Brigade said it had taken more than 1,000 calls in connection with floods.

Elsewhere in the UK, Preston was also hit by flooding with part of the M6 ​​having to be closed to traffic for some time on Monday afternoon.

There have been reports that a pub has been flooded and the local Penwortham Girls’ High School will be closed on Tuesday due to “significant flooding”, according to its statement.

However, the British could soon enjoy dry weather with temperatures up to 24 ° C in central and southern England and up to 18 ° C in northern England and Scotland from Tuesday.


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