LONDON: Severe flooding caused by a ruptured water main has hit homes and businesses along part of a key route through north London. Dramatic images shared on social media showed torrents of water flowing down Upper Street in Islington after the pipe burst in the early hours of Monday morning. Businesses in the popular shopping and dining district around Camden Passage were under water, and part of the A1 was closed to traffic. The flooding also hit Charlton Place and Colebrooke Row, where Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson owns a property. Some 100 people were sent to nearby pub the Steam Passage Tavern as their homes flooded. Jeannette La, 34, works in marketing and lives on Colebrook Row. Her flat has been flooded. “We woke up at 5.30 and there was a waterfall of water coming down our stairs. There were four inches of water in the landing area at the bottom of the stairs and there will be loads more now. “I heard the police upstairs and they were able to clear a little bit so I could at least get out. We grabbed the dog and left. “At this point if my stuff is ruined there’s nothing I can do. “My husband had to fly out for work this morning so he isn’t even here with me to deal with this. I’m trying to get him to come back home. “The whole road was a lake- in some places it was coming up to my shin.
“I will just have to wait it out, there’s no way I’m getting to work today.” Many people faced water feared to be as deep as two metres flooding into their basements. Roads in the area were closed, with Upper Street shut between Angel Tube station and Islington Green. Chloe Wilkinson, who lives a ten-minute walk from the flooded streets, described “mayhem” as emergency services rushed to warn sleeping residents. The 31-year-old, who works in PR for Barclaycard, told the Standard: “I was walking to the gym when I got to Colebrook Row, which was all blocked off. “Police were knocking on people’s doors to wake them up and alert them to what was going on. “There were emergency services everywhere and there must be about a foot of water at least.” Residents said the flooding overnight had “wreaked havoc”. John Paz wrote: “Water pipe burst and causes havoc at Islington Angel area.” Mike Talbot added: “Upper St Islington is closed and flooded.”
A spokeswoman for Thames Water said: “We’re really sorry to everyone affected by our burst pipe. “We’ve stopped the flow of water and are now planning how best to repair it with as little disruption as possible. “We don’t except water supplies to be affected by this work. Our loss adjusters are on their way to the area to support those affected by the flooding with insurance claims and making arrangements for alternative accommodation. “We’ll do all we can to get the area back to normal as soon as possible.” A spokeswoman for London Fire Brigade said six fire engines had been sent to the scene. She said: “A 460 metre by 150 metre cordon is in place. “Around 50 homes and businesses have been evacuated by police and fire crews. “Road closures and in place and are expected to remain for some time.”