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London flooding - live: Climate emergency ‘on our doorstep’, warns Khan after torrential downpour in capital

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Rory Sullivan,Andy Gregory
Tuesday 05 October 2021 22:17
Road severely flooded on London's A4 after torrential downpours overnight

The impact of the climate emergency is on “our doorstep”, Sadiq Khan warned after London experienced more flash floods.

The torrential rainfall caused road disruption and Tube closures on Tuesday.

More than an inch of rain fell in one hour in some parts of the city overnight, with St James’s Park among the worst-affected areas. It saw a total of 26mm in just sixty minutes, according to the Met Office.

“Once again, we’re seeing the impact of the climate emergency on our doorstep. In London we’re leading from the front to tackle this crisis, and I’ll continue to urge other politicians here and around the world to take the action that’s desperately needed,” the mayor of London said.

As a result of the downpour, Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed that there are “severe” delays on some Underground lines.

Above ground, floodwater hit tourist hotspots such as Knightsbridge, with firefighters in attendance to unblock a drain there.

Elsewhere, there is no service between Willesden Junction and Clapham Junction due to flooding at Imperial Wharf.

Meanwhile, a whole lane on the A4 near the Hammersmith Flyover in west London has been submerged.


That’s us closing the liveblog for this evening – thanks for following along with us.

You can find all of The Independent’s latest articles on climate here.

Or else keep scrolling to read about the day’s events, as we reported them.

Andy Gregory5 October 2021 22:16

Good morning, and welcome to our coverage of the latest flash flooding to hit London.

Rory Sullivan5 October 2021 09:57

London flooding causes Tube closures

There were “severe delays” on certain Tube lines on Tuesday morning as a result of heavy rainfall overnight, Transport for London (TfL) said.

The District, Piccadilly, Circle, and Hammersmith and City Lines were all affected by the flooding.

My colleague Thomas Kingsley reports:

London flooding hits roads and causes Tube closures

London flooding hits roads and causes Tube closures

Rory Sullivan5 October 2021 10:00

Knightsbridge flooding

Tourist hotspot Knightsbridge saw torrential rainfall overnight, with footage on Tuesday morning showing cars driving along a heavily flooded road.

Here’s the BBC’s Greg McKenzie with a clip from the area:

Rory Sullivan5 October 2021 10:16

Overnight rainfall figures

Travellers should take “extra care” when travelling, the Met Office has said.

The warning comes as the weather agency published overnight rainfall figures, with St James’s Park experiencing 35mm of precipitation between midnight and 6am on Tuesday.

Rory Sullivan5 October 2021 10:30

Video: Rain water leaks into Westminster flat

One unlucky Londoner’s flat in Westminster was flooded after the downpour overnight.

A video shows rain water streaming down through their bathroom ceiling:

Rain water leaks through Londoner's bathroom ceiling in Westminster flat
Rory Sullivan5 October 2021 10:40

London’s A4 severely flooded after torrential downpour

Watch: London’s A4 severely flooded after torrential downpour

London has been hit with severe flooding after heavy rain overnight.Roads captured flooded were forced to be closed after torrential downpours battered the city.Some workers have been unable to get to work as motorists struggled to navigate waterlogged roads.One motorist urged people to “allow for extra time while travelling” while filming waves rolling over a flooded section of the the A4.Two Tube lines and sections of the London Overground have also been closed.The M23, Crawley junction 10a southbound has also been closed.

Rory Sullivan5 October 2021 11:00

Motorway closures

It is not just London that has experienced travel disruption because of the torrential rain.

Parts of the M23 near Crawley are closed due to flooding.

Rory Sullivan5 October 2021 11:15

London flooding: Most dramatic photos and videos

London was hit by floods shortly after the Met Office issued a yellow rain warning for London and the south east on Monday night.

Writing for indy100, Elaine McCallig has compiled some of the most dramatic videos and pictures from the capital.

London flooding: The most dramatic pictures and videos as commuters left stranded

Torrential flooding overnight left London commuters stranded this morning,

Rory Sullivan5 October 2021 11:30

Rain warning issued for northern England and southern Scotland

The Met Office has issued a yellow rain warning for parts of north-east England and south-east Scotland.

Heavy and persistent rain could cause travel disruptions there between 2am and 10pm today.

Rory Sullivan5 October 2021 11:45

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