Flooding causes transport chaos in Newham
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Motorists face severe delays this morning with overnight flooding shutting parts of the A13.
Alfreds Way is closed in both directions at the Movers Lane underpass in Barking due to heavy rainfall with queues westbound back to Ferry Lane.
Eastbound traffic is building up back to the Beckton roundabout.
A number of other roads have also been closed with many bus services disrupted.
Newham Council has reported a power outage affecting the Hermit Road area, and flooding has closed the road between Bethel Avenue and Beaconsfield Road.
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In addition, parts of Canning Town, including Tyas Road, Exning Road and Tabernacle Avenue, are also flooded.
Manor Park station has flooded, causing TfL Rail to be suspended between Liverpool Street and Ilford. Disruption is expected to continue until around 2pm.
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Some c2c trains may be terminated at Barking due to heavy flooding of the high level lines at West Ham, with ticket acceptance on London Underground for those needing to travel between Upminster and Fenchurch Street. Canning Town station is also closed.
Transport for London has also reported that buses serving Beckton, Canning Town and Barking are delayed for up to two hours due to the weather.
London City Airport is open but passengers are advised to allow extra time to get there.
London Fire Brigade (LFB) received more than 300 calls in 90 minutes as a result of the thunder storms and flooding.
An LFB spokesman said: “Crews are being mobilised to incidents as quickly as possible but the Brigade is appealing to people to only call 999 in an emergency – where there is a risk to life or property.
“Between around 1.30am and 3am our control officers took over three hundred calls – around as many as they would receive in an average day.
“Most of the 999 calls received have been to weather related incidents, with firefighters attending reports of flooded commercial and domestic properties, flooded roads and vehicles that have been trapped by flood water.
“Crews have also attended a number of calls to reports of property being struck by lightning.”
The weather related incidents initially affected the south west of the capital but as the storm continued, calls have been received from across the whole of London.
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