Burst main 'leaves people stuck in cars' in Hammersmith

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Jonathan Margolis

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The water was said to be two feet deep and rising

Flooding from a burst water main in a busy area of west London has left people trapped in cars and restaurants.

Rescue boats have been helping to evacuate people trapped by the flooding in the King Street area in Hammersmith.

Water began to fill the street on Friday evening, covering an area of about 200m.

Financial Times journalist Jonathan Margolis described “numerous police and fire vehicles attempting to cope with a chaotic situation”.

“The water is about two feet deep and rising,” he added.

‘We have wine’

Others took to Twitter with reports of drivers stranded in vehicles and having to make their way home through the deluge.

The Met Police has advised motorists to avoid the area.

London Fire Brigade (LFB) said it had evacuated seven people from their homes.

Station manager Paul Fitzgerald said: “Fire crews are using boats to assist people who need to leave their homes, although the majority of residents are able to stay in their property.

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People were left stranded on the steps of a church

“Sand bags are also being provided to help stop water from entering buildings.

“Crews are continuing to pump water away and Thames Water is at the scene investigating.”

Thames Water said areas across central and west London may have no water or low pressure.

A statement from the water company said: “We are on our way to a burst water main in King Street W6 which may be causing this and should have this fixed by 01:00 GMT.”

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