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Thames Water confirm Clapham Road to stay shut

Thames Water has said the A3 in Kennington will remain closed over the weekend, after the road was flooded on Thursday.

There's been major disruption after a 30 inch pipe burst, which then caused a damage to a smaller pipe.

On Thursday the Clapham Road in Kennington was flooded Credit: Twitter

Engineers are still working to clear debris and to find out what caused the problem.

Thames Water has thanked the London Fire Brigade for helping to pump out gallons of water and for distributing sandbags to protect residents

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No homes believed to have been affected

Four fire engines and around 20 firefighters were called to deal with a burst water main near the junction of Clapham Road and Claylands Rd in Stockwell, SW9 yesterday evening.

At the height of the incident the roadway was flooded to a depth of about four inches after the 30 inch water main burst.

Clapham Road was closed between Oval and Stockwell tube stations and several other roads in the area were also affected, including Fentiman Road, Palfrey Place, Trigan Road, South Island Place and Handforth Road.

Crews pumped water away from one flooded basement flat but no other homes are believed to have been affected. Sandbags were used as a precaution to protect properties from the water.

Station Manager Lisa Hicks who was at the scene said: “Crews did an excellent job to prevent the flood water from entering properties. They worked really hard in the early stages of this incident to divert the water away from homes and into drains by using sandbags and booms. Thanks to their efforts the damage caused by the burst main was limited."

Water levels have now subsided but Clapham Road remains closed between Oval and Stockwell tube stations.

– London Fire Brigade

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London 'sewage' flood: 'it's a little like Somerset'

Firefighters wading through murky water at the scene of the Clapham road, south London flood Credit: ITV News/Tom Calverley

A burst water main has caused flooding in south London, closing a major road. Reports suggested sewage was pouring into people's homes as a result

Local resident, Angela Reynolds, 58, said: "The road has been made into a river. It's a bit like Somerset.The water is revolting, brown, muddy - well I hope it's mud.

The water just flooded the road in 10 minutes. It was quite incredible."

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