Brixton flooding: Homes without water as third pipe in London ruptures in a week

Homes in south London have been left without water after a pipe burst – the third to do so in the capital in a week.

Residents in Brixton Water Lane in the Herne Hill area said the leak on Thursday has caused their basements and cellars to flood.

Thames Water engineers have been urgently called in to fix the problem.

It comes after two floods in busy parts of west London resulted in dramatic rescues and caused thousands to lose their water supply.

One concerned Herne Hill resident wrote on Twitter: “We are suffering from a massive water leak in Brixton Water Lane.

“Water supply is cut in the surrounding homes.”

Another added: “Residents in Brixton Water Lane seeing water begin to flood their cellars and basements.”

A spokesman for Thames Water said: “We’re really sorry for the disruption a burst on one of our 12 inch water pipes on Brixton Water Lane is causing.

“Our team of engineers have turned the pipe off to stop water flowing out, which will boost pressures in the area and restore water supplies to normal shortly.

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“We’ve closed the road to carry out the repair safely and will be working overnight to get everything returned to normal as quickly as possible.”

He added that impact on water supplies was “minimal” and water bottles had been distributed to the affected homes.

On Thursday thousands were left without water for more than 24 hours after a burst pipe flooded Goldhawk Road in Shepherd’s Bush.

Meanwhile emergency workers used boats to rescue 70 people trapped in cars, homes and restaurants after a pipe ruptured in King Street, Hammersmith, leaving the street under 20 inches of water on Friday evening.

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