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Last updated: 23/01/2018, 4:44 PM

Flash flood hits London for second consecutive day

09/06/2016 00:00
London-wide
Flooding

Firefighters and control staff dealt with another deluge in weather related calls yesterday afternoon as parts of London were hit with flash floods.

Between 3pm and 6.15pm the Brigade took 436 calls. Of those 150 were flooding related and 10 of those calls were to people trapped in vehicles.

The largest amount of calls came North and North West London with Harrow and Pinner the worst affected.

Firefighters assisted trapped motorists from their vehicles after they became trapped near North Harrow Underground Station. Fire crews also carried passengers trapped inside the station after floodwaters the platforms.

A Brigade spokesperson said: "For the second day in a row heavy rainfall hit localised areas in a short period of time which led to an increased number of calls and incidents. Once again our 999 control officers and firefighters did a fantastic job in dealing with a range of incidents including people being  trapped by raising floodwater."

The Brigade has a range of equipment which can be used to help rescue people trapped by flood water, pump water away and protect properties. Some of the Brigade's fire rescue units are equipped with water rescue equipment such as inflatable rescue boats. The Brigade also has a number of  high volume pumps stationed at strategic locations across the capital. These can be used to pump large amounts of water away from flooded areas.

Other areas hit were Wimbledon, Merton and Clapham.