Torrential rain causes flooding nightmares in Newham
PUBLISHED: 17:16 02 June 2017 | UPDATED: 17:56 02 June 2017
Torrential rain has caused a floody nightmare for residents, businesses and travellers in Newham today.
Swathes of streets in the borough have been flooded following a downpour which lasted just under an hour.
Lisa Hudson, a resident in Beaconsfield Road, Canning Town, uploaded an image of her street on social networking website Twitter.
She told the Recorder: “I hope the water levels don’t rise.
“Last year the council attended immediately to the drains and the water dispersed almost immediately.
“Clearly there are drainage issues that have not been rectified since the previous floods.”
One of the other casualties highlighted on Twitter is a basement flat in Stratford which has been flooded with inches of water following the rain.
A resident from the property uploaded a shocking video which shows the damage the flooding has caused inside her home.
Canning Town and The Gate library have been closed early due to flooding.
Commuters also face a nightmare journey due to flooding at several train stations including Manor Park.
Greater Anglia has urged anyone using the Shenfield to Liverpool Street line to use an alternative route.
A spokesman for Newham Council said: “Flooding from heavy rain does not happen a lot in Newham but some areas are at a higher risk because of their geography and drainage.
“Our repairs operative centre is responding to calls from Newham Council tenants and leaseholders and they are being treated in order of priority need.”
If you are a Newham Council tenant or leaseholder you can report an urgent flooding issue by clicking here.
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