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London Hit By Severe Flooding After Torrential Rainfall

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London, and the other areas in the south of England, were hit by torrential downpours that resulted in significant flooding on Monday night.

The Circle line was suspend on Tuesday morning while the District, Hammersmith & City and London Overground were part-suspended. Greater Anglia was also experiencing minor delays while South Western Railway and Thameslink reported disruptions.

Commuters faced a tricky start to the morning, as they were met with numerous train cancellations, including Thameslink which warned of disruption across its network as flooding had damaged part of the signalling system.

London fire brigade said its 999 control officers received more than 150 calls to flooding incidents in the capital. Forecasters said the torrential showers were expected to continue through most of the evening.

The Environment Agency has issued seven flood alerts for Upper River Loddon; River Hamble; River Brent from Hendon to Brentford; Lower River Lee from Hoddesdon to Canning Town; the Lower Lee tributaries; Eastern Yar and Beverley Brook area in Merton, Sutton, Kingston upon Thames, Richmond upon Thames and Wandsworth.

Drivers were forced to abandon their vehicles as the roads were engulfed while residents battled through deep floodwater in their homes.

Water even gushed down into the Underground, forcing a Circle Line train to reverse at Baker Street station.

Other unbelievable footage from the capital shows water surging down the steps at Chelsea’s Sloane Square Tube station.

Heavy flooding also hit Colville Terrace, Holland Road and Ladbroke Grove seeing emergency services evacuate flooded properties and homes with collapsed ceilings.

The City of Westminster Police also said road closures were in place while motorists were warned to avoid driving due to masses of floodwater.

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