Scores Evacuated As Flash Flood Affects Wide Stretch of West London

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    On Friday night, rescue boats were used by fire crews in order to evacuate those who were stranded by the flooding on King Street in Hammersmith.

    A burst water main produced streams of water flowing down the road, as many people reported being stuck in cars or restaurants.

    Water levels raised to almost 20 inches in various places, with flooding that stretched across an area of around 650 metres by 100 metres.

    The London Fire Brigade said that it had sent 49 firefighters to the scene and had already evacuated seven people from their homes. Around 70 people were led to safety and an additional 34 escorted from the area.

    Paul Fitzgerald, the station manager, stated: “Fire crews used boats to assist people who needed to leave their homes, although the majority of residents were able to stay in their property.

    “Around 270 sandbags were provided to help stop water from entering buildings.

    “Crews pumped water away and Thames Water was on the scene investigating.

    “People were advised to avoid the area as a number of road closures were in place and Ravenscourt Park Tube station was closed.”

    On Twitter, one man wrote: “thameswater Please rescue us. We are stuck in a restaurant – pho district and can’t step out. The water is freezing.”

    One other user posted: “Burst water main causing chaos in King Street, Hammersmith..somewhat stuck as my car is there.”

    At that time, Thames Water said that it was working to fix the “major burst”, saying: “We are sorry, and working to resolve the situation as quickly as we can. We are aware some customers are without water or have low pressure. We will post updates as we have them.”

    Later, it was reported that the flow of water from the burst main had already slowed down and that flood waters had subsided.

    The fire service said that it was called at around 8.15p m, with four rescue units who were equipped with boats sent to the scene, with flooding cleared by around 2 am.