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Herne Hill Clean Up Begins After Water Main Floods Main Street (PICTURES)

08/08/2013 10:53 BST | Updated 08/10/2013 10:12 BST

Residents of south London suburb Herne Hill are facing a big clean up operation a day after a water main burst and flooded the main shopping strip.

On Wednesday locals woke to flooding up to a metre deep, leaving vans and cars submerged, after the main burst.

Thames Water apologised for the incident.

herne hill flooding Shops and businesses were affected by the water surge

herne hill flooding Some residents are facing a daunting clean up operation

London Fire Brigade had warned people living in Half Moon Lane, to stay in their homes until the water cleared.

Craig Rance, a spokesman for Thames Water, said: "A 3ft-wide water pipe burst in Herne Hill at the junction of Half Moon Lane at around 5am today.

"This has caused substantial flooding to the road and 36 properties in the area. We're really sorry to affected customers and we are working hard to put things right as quickly as possible. Our main priority is to get people's lives and businesses back to normal.