Certain areas of London receive a month of rain in one day
On Monday, 47.8mm of rain down poured in 24 hours in Kew, most of it in one hour. The average monthly rainfall in the location in July is 44.5mm.
Residents were emptied from their homes, and train services cancelled while cars were inundated in water.
London Fire Brigade stated it had received more than 1,000 calls related to flooding.
A spokesperson for the service mentioned, “We’re asking people not to walk through or drive through the floodwater. Floodwater can be contaminated and vehicles can become unstable.”
Queen guitarist Brian May, who lives in Kensington, was among those who suffered.
The rock star shared that he was “angry” after many of his “precious” belongings were spoiled during the flooding.
In a post on Instagram, he maintained, “The whole bottom floor had been inundated with a sewage overflow – which has covered our carpets, rugs and all kinds of precious (to us) things in a stinking sludge.
“It’s disgusting, and actually quite heart-breaking,” the We Will Rock You writer mentioned. “It feels like we have been invaded, desecrated.”
Daisy King, from Holland Park, narrated how she came home to find more than two feet of water in her flat.
She said: “It was up to my knees, and all my stuff was floating about in it.”The fridge and oven were half-filled with water, and books and records were ruined.”
One dweller in Maida Vale said his basement was “under at least a foot of water, and it was black, so it is sewage water”.
Shane, who lives on Shirland Road, said “everything was wrecked” by the floods, which “subsided quickly” when the rain ended.
Putney Village in Wandsworth and Chipstead in Surrey received more than 31mm of rain in one hour.
On Monday, the rainfall recorded in Kew Gardens lent it the wettest day since 6 July 1983 and the third wettest day on record.
Gareth Furby, who lives in Barnes, south-west London, mentioned “bailing out” water from a neighbours front garden.”I helped another neighbour by building a dam at her front gate,” he noted.
“A theory locally is that the rain came precisely at high tide on the Thames which meant any sewers which flow into the river backed up.”
Underground stations, including Chalk Farm, Hampstead and Wimbledon, were shut due to the flooding.
Lines at Euston station had to be closed after the intense downpours.
The train routes still impacted by floods comprise:
- Thameslink services
- The London Underground Circle Line, District Line and Hammersmith and City Line
- Services into and out of London Euston
- Services between London St Pancras International and Luton
A lightning strike has also impaired signaling at Epsom, affecting trains between London Waterloo and Dorking.
Operators have shared that trains could be cancelled or delayed, with commuters advised to check before they travel.