‘Biblical’ rain brings flash floods to south London, UK

Flash floods left cars submerged and houses across the capital damaged as 10 days’ worth of rain fell in just a few hours this afternoon.

The heavy rain mainly affected south east London with Greenwich, Lewisham, Peckham and Sydenham all affected.

The London Fire Brigade said they have attended 20 incidents relating to the downpours since 2pm this afternoon.

Fire crews rescued a person trapped inside a flooded basement flat in Forest Hill.

Commuters reported a waterfall of rain trickling down Peckham Rye station which lead to it being closed.

The Met Office issued severe weather warnings across the country as the Environment Agency put 19 flood alerts in place – including eight in the south-east.

Forecasters said some areas could see 1.2 inches of rain fall within two or three hours on Thursday afternoon and evening. August’s total monthly rainfall is 3.5 inches.

The downpours follow a weekend when the tail-end of Hurricane Bertha hit London, sparking flooding as torrential rain swept in from the Caribbean.

An Environment Agency spokeswoman said: “At midday on Thursday there are 19 flood alerts in place, meaning flooding is possible.

“High spring tides continue today, bringing a risk of wave overtopping and spray in places, particularly when strong gusts of wind coincide with the time of high tides.

“Over the last week Environment Agency teams have been out on the ground, ensuring coastal flood defences are ready, rivers can flow freely and clearing trash screens.

“Since August 11 we’ve received reports of 15 properties flooded from coastal flooding. We will continue to support local councils as they respond to surfacewater flooding.”

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