Commuters face more travel chaos as London Euston closes TONIGHT to repair flood damage after ‘biblical’ rain closed stations and left parts of capital swamped by three inches of water
- 3in of rain in 90 minutes made Monday third wettest day ever for west London
- Train services across city were cancelled in aftermath, causing major disruption
- Water-logged roads and overflowing drains also saw car journeys grind to a halt
- Maida Vale, Hampstead, Kensington, Portobello and Kilburn Park badly affected
Commuters will face travel chaos until tomorrow morning after London was hit by ‘biblical’ flash flooding that caused millions of pounds of damage to properties.
Three inches of rain in just 90 minutes made Monday the third wettest day for west London on record – with Kensington and Chiswick particularly hard hit.
Train services across the city were cancelled in the aftermath, causing major disruption – with Euston station closing overnight for repairs.
Severely water-logged roads and overflowing drains also saw many car journeys grind to a halt after the deluge struck the capital on Monday night.
Areas such as Maida Vale, Hampstead, Kensington, Portobello and Kilburn Park have been badly affected, with residents piling debris and furniture outside their homes to dry.
Flash flooding caused an electricity substation to catch fire, disabling London Overground services to Watford.
Today, commuters were warned disruption to train services will carry on until tomorrow morning as urgent repairs are carried out.
Commuters will face travel chaos until tomorrow morning after London was hit by ‘biblical’ flash flooding that caused millions of pounds of damage to properties. Pictured: Tracks are seen flooded on West Coast main line approach to Euston
Cars are left abandoned in around 2ft of water after heavy rain falls on a road in South Hampstead, north London, on Monday
People are left drenched as torrential rain falls down on Turnpike Lane in north London
People sprint through the streets of Highgate in north London with their umbrellas to get out of the torrential downpours on Monday
As a result, trains in and out of London Euston will be affected so remaining water can be pumped away and cables damaged in the electrical fire can be fixed.
The work means all lines in and out of London Euston will be closed between 11pm tonight and 6am tomorrow.
These urgent repairs will hit Avanti West Coast, London Northwestern Railway, Caledonian Sleeper and London Overground passengers at the end of this evening and first thing on tomorrow morning.
Network Rail told passengers to travel early this evening to avoid the closure.
Bus replacement services will be in place, Network Rail added.
Ed Barry’s Over Under Coffee office in Ladbrook Grove was submerged in water after the flash floods hit last night
Jacqui, 60, said her daughter had lost everything in the flooding and tens of thousands of pounds and was not insured
Daisy King posted the devastating damage to her home as the water managed to get in and flood her property
Queen guitarist Brian May posted pictures online of the flood damage which ruined treasured photographs and mementos
Mr May blamed deep basement extensions that have been built for causing problems with drainage of excess water
James Dean, Network Rail’s West Coast South route director, apologised for the disruption and said the floods ‘made the railway look like a swimming pool’.
He added: ‘I’m sorry that your journeys have been disrupted this week. Our engineers will be making critical repairs on Wednesday night.
‘The floods made the railway look like a swimming pool, but with 750 volts of electricity running through it.
‘We’ve had to make the site safe before going in and pumping away the remaining flood water and repairing the fire damage.’
The last London Northwestern Railway service to go into Euston will be the 9.10pm from Northampton.
Asked whether he had escaped the flooding, Simon Cowell admitted today ‘not really, my house nearly floated away’
Picture of a manhole exploding during flooding in London yesterday on corner of Netheravon Rd and Chiswick High road
The mess dragged in from the water could be clearly seen in the devastating pictures, which were posted publicly online
This home in Maida Vale and its glass door showed exactly how much water had fallen in the capital yesterday evening
The last Avanti West Coast services to arrive to Euston will be the 4.52pm from Edinburgh, leaving at 9.10pm from Birmingham New Street, 8.15pm from Manchester Piccadilly and 7.47pm form Liverpool Lime Street.
X Factor boss Simon Cowell’s £15million mansion was hit by the devastating floods – which were yesterday blamed on sprawling super-basements.
The 61-year-old TV and music star was spotted wearing his trademark plain black T-shirt and white shorts outside his home yesterday.
Asked whether he had escaped the flooding, he admitted ‘not really, my house nearly floated away’.
Sprawling super-basements dug beneath London’s homes have been blamed for the flooding.
The enormous underground caverns – popular with the wealthy wanting to expand their space – were criticised by experts and victims of the massive leaks as they counted the cost of the weather.
This London home saw the washing machine almost completely submerged by the flood water from the heavy rainfall
A motorist wades to safety after a freak flash flood submerged the road outside Westfield London on Monday evening
Storeholders around Portobello Road, West London start the clear up after torrential rain and flash flooding caused damage
Flooding expert and campaigner Mary Dhonau OBE told MailOnline flooding was caused by a jigsaw of different factors.
But the consultant, who has previously been chair of the National Flood Forum, said the rise of the ‘super-basement’ would have contributed.
Undeveloped grass and land can easily absorb heavy rain if and when it falls, soaking up the water like a sponge.
But if it has been removed it means there is nowhere for the liquid to go, causing flooding.
Ms Dhonau said: ‘There has got to be somewhere for the water to go. When there is rain it falls onto the ground and percolates in areas of the ground. Super-basements are being built where the water would naturally percolate.
‘There are other factors like climate change, but the more we take away permeable surfaces the more places will flood.
The study by Newcastle University found 4,650 basement have been approved for homes in London in just a decade
Plans for billionaire Foxtons founder Jon Hunt’s basement at his £15million home on Kensington Palace Gardens
‘North Kensington is a prime example of land that would have soaked up water, which is now being used for super basements.
‘It is a jigsaw of things that can cause flooding. You can do things to make flooding more likely and one of those things is using more land for super-basements.’
Queen guitarist Brian May, who also lives in the area, said he was heartbroken and devastated after coming back to the ‘horror’ of finding his basement flooded with a sewage overflow which destroyed carpets, rugs and precious photos and memorabilia from over the years.
Brian, 73, who is married to former Eastenders actress Anita Dobson, 72, posted a video on his Instagram to show the extent of the ‘disgusting’ damage in their £7million home.
He admitted he didn’t ‘know where to start’ as he showed off the ‘stuff’ including ancient photos from his childhood strewn and dirtied everywhere at the bottom floor of their house.
He said: ‘Just when you think everything is ok, nothing else is going to bite you, you can deal with life’
‘It feels like we were have been invaded, desecrated. Anita had a lifetime of memorabilia on the floor of our basement – and most of it is sodden and ruined. I had rescued all my most treasured childhood photo albums and scrapbooks from my studio house because it was threatened with a forest fire some months ago.’
‘Where did I put it all for safety ? In the basement here in Kensington. Irony. Today it turned into a sodden mess.’
‘Historically, for 150 years, Kensington has never flooded due to rainwater. Why did this happen ? It’s almost certainly the result of all the basement building that has been plaguing this area for the past 10 years.
‘The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea council was warned years ago that sinking so many deep basement extensions would obstruct the aquifers underneath our living space and render the drainage system ineffective.’
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