08/08/2013 06:53 BST | Updated 08/10/2013 06:12 BST

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

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.

Shops and businesses were affected by the water surge

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.