Brixton flooding: Burst main leaves Londoners without water in third deluge of the week for capital

Brixton last night became the third area of London to suffer a loss of water in less than a week after a pipe burst in one of the area’s main roads.

Dozens of residents were left without water following a leak in Brixton Water Lane just after 4pm. 

The rupture – caused by a Thames Water pipe – closed the road for more than 12 hours, with buses put on diversion as engineers worked to control the leak. 

It follows two severe floods in west London in the past week – also sparked by burst mains – which left one road under 20inches of water and caused thousands to lose water supply.

James Reed, 27, who lives 50 metres from the flooding in Brixton, noticed the rising water while he was out jogging.

He said: “Water was coming up through the pavement on either side of the road. It was bulging up.

“The water was running quite intensely. It was going down the road towards Herne Hill.

“Both sides of the road were blocked, bus weren’t coming through.”

Meanwhile, residents complained on Twitter about a lack of water supply.

One wrote: “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 are seeing water begin to flood their cellars and basements.” 

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Thames Water said the impact on water supplies in Brixton was “minimal” and that water bottles had been distributed to the affected homes.

It sent tankers, pumps and sandbags to the site as a precautionary measures. 

A Thames Water spokesman said on Thursday: “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.”

A statement posted on their website on Friday read: “We have a team of engineers in SW2 – Brixton Water Lane now, following a burst pipe. We have closed the road and put traffic diversions in place. Sorry for any disruption in the area we are still on site working hard to get our repair fixed as quickly as possible.”

It added that bottled water was available at a local pub.

Last Friday, evening emergency workers had to use boats to rescue 70 people from cars, homes and restaurants after a pipe ruptured in King Street, Hammersmith.

On Wednesday, thousands were left without water for more than 24 hours following a burst pipe and severe flooding in Goldhawk Road in Shepherd’s Bush.

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