Homes have been flooded and a busy through road in south London was closed after a water main burst in Kennington on Monday morning.
Fire crews and Thames Water engineers were called to the scene in Kennington Park Road as flood waters rose to half-a-meter in depth.
The leak is believed to have sprung at around 8.30am and fire crews were soon using pumps to remove water from flooded properties, as well as piling up hundreds of sandbags to protect further properties and businesses in the waters' path.
Not what I expect on my way in to work! Poor Kennington. pic.twitter.com/PKWtgYJ2u8— George Maudsley (@georgemaudsLAD) June 29, 2015
— bean_mother (@bean_mother) June 29, 2015
Transport for London tweeted a number of its buses were being diverted due to the burst main.
Route 3 59 133 155 159 333 415 subject to delay and diversion Kennington Park Road blocked both ways burst water main pic.twitter.com/tU1dMcUZ16— TfL Bus Alerts (@TfLBusAlerts) June 29, 2015
Cyclist Shaun Mooney, 26, told the Evening Standard: “You could see water gushing and bubbling like there was a fountain.
“There was a whirlpool where they must have opened up the drain and all the water was draining away like a bathtub. It was crazy.
“It was from pavement to pavement and at some points it was overlapping the pavement like a river bursting its banks.”
A spokesman for the London Fire Brigade said: "A 20 inch water main burst and surface water flooded 200 metres of Kennington Park Road to half a metre deep.
"Fire crews carried out pumping operations, placed sand bags by affected properties and used booms to guide floodwater down drains. Around 15 properties were flooded along Kennington Park Road."
In a note on its website, Thames Water says repairs are underway and that customers in SE11 may have low water pressure or be without water.
There had been fears the incident was a repeat of the infamous “poonami” that occurred in the same area in February last year.
That incident saw a murky deluge of sewage streaming down Clapham Road in Kennington and there were reports of residents being evacuated from their homes after being trapped by filthy water.
Mercifully this doesn’t seem to be the case this time round...