Croydon Council said its plan to use an underground footway in Purley to hold around 600,000 litres of water was approved after its "primary" pond at Purley Depot overflowed on Friday night.
This has not been an easy decision to take but it has become increasingly clear over the past few hours that we have no alternative if we are to protect people's homes and businesses from being flooded.
Water is being pumped into a pedestrian underpass in Croydon to protect around buildings under threat. The Purley Cross underpass will be turned into an emergency pond as hundreds of thousands of litres of water is pumped into the area.
Authorities hope the move will protect around 400 buildings which are under threat from flooding in Kenley and Purley. They are also trying to protect a water treatment works which supplies tens of thousands of homes.
The Metropolitan Police say that 74-year-old Jasna Chase-Gray from Croydon has been found after she went missing yesterday.
Police are trying to track down a prisoner who absconded in Kent, and may have headed to London. 55-year-old Malcolm Parker is known to have links with Croydon and Hendon.
He left prison on Monday, 6 January on temporary licence, but failed to return. He is described as black, 6ft 1ins tall, of medium build with balding hair. He has a distinctive scar on his left elbow which is between one and two inches in size.
Anyone with information should contact police on 020 8358 1752.
Police have named the 17-year-old boy who died after being stabbed at an address in Croydon on Wednesday as Fico Dougan. A post mortem revealed the cause of death was a stab wound to the heart. A 16-year-old boy appeared at Croydon Youth Court today and has been remanded in custody.
The 17-year-old victim has not been named, but local councillor Stuart Collins says he understands he had no connection to gangs, and that the boy arrested was not from the Croydon borough.
In terms of that street and that area, there hasn't been regular crime or activity of that kind.
But there has been requests for a local police station in the community in Broad Green since the riots.
- The teenage victim in Croydon is the 11th to be murdered in London this year
- A total of eight teenagers were murdered in the capital in 2012
Source: Met Police
A 16-year-old boy has been arrested after a teenager was stabbed to death at a property in Croydon. The 17-year-old victim was found with stab wounds and taken to a south London hospital by air ambulance in a critical condition. He died a short time later
A teenager has died after being stabbed at an address in Croydon.
Police were called at 1358hrs on Wednesday 25 September, to reports of a stabbing at a residential address in Ockley Road, Croydon.
Upon arrival officers found a 17-year-old boy with stab wounds.
He was taken to a south London hospital by London Air Ambulance a short while later in a critical condition where he later died.
A 16-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with the incident. He remains in police custody at a south London police station.
A Croydon man, whose death in a park is being treated as murder, has been named by detectives. John Gilbert, 76, was found dead in Seven Sisters Country Park at Exceat, near Eastbourne, in the early hours of Friday.
A 78-year-old woman was arrested and questioned on suspicion of murder and has been released on bail until October 10. A Sussex Police spokesman said:
"Officers from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team are investigating. The man and woman are known to each other and police are not looking for anyone else."Officers are waiting for further test results for an exact cause of death."