"Flooding is a very real threat for significant numbers of people in London and London needs a robust and sustainable response to address this now to avoid an even bigger problem in the future.
The plan contains some key measures which, if implemented in a timely way and correctly, will be of real benefit.
The net increase in London's green infrastructure will not only make London a better place to live but will also reduce the amount of rainwater entering the sewer system and hence reduce the risk of flooding."
The capital is "at risk of major flooding" unless something is done to support the over-capacity sewer system, according to a new report.
The new research supported by the Major of London, Thames Water, the Environment Agency and London Councils calls for the capital's public spaces to be transformed into green areas which will help absorb surface water after rainfall.
17% of permeable ground has been lost in London over the past 40 years as homeowners chose to cover their previously green lawns with concrete. This means that water which used to be absorbed is now directed towards sewers which are unable to cope with the strain.
A man's spent tens of thousands of pounds raising his house 1.5 metres after it was flooded when the Thames burst its banks at Wraysbury. The Ivry family home was filled with water for almost two months from December 2013 to February 2014.
"We lived in a continuous anxiety with no time for work nor normal family life. Once flooded, we had to leave our home and since then live in a serviced apartment in Wraysbury Hall. We are determined not to have this experience ever again."
Structural engineers were brought in to work out how to lift the 50-tonne house with 30 hydraulic jacks, all synchronised by a computerised system. The project is finally finished, with the family planning to move back in sometime this month.
Rose and Bob Kitts have been flooded three times in the last year. They now say the council needs to take responsibility. They claim flood defences have previously been put in place - but have failed.
Seven local authorities who were hit by February's flooding have joined together to ask for £265 million river defences from the Government.
Surrey, Richmond, Kingston, Windsor and Maidenhead, Elmbridge, Spelthorne and Runnymede councils have agreed to create a business case for the River Thames Scheme, to protect riverside homes and businesses by building a flood channel and improving three weirs.
An estimated 24,000 properties in London are at significant risk of flooding, a new report suggests.Read the full story ›
The A22 Godstone Road is closed in both directions due to flooding between A23 Banstead Road (Purley Cross) and Station Road (Kenley). It's also affecting Foxley Hill Road between A22 Godstone Road and Higher Drive / Olden Lane.
The council says the road may be able to be reopen on Wednesday 19 March.
The government is being asked to bid for up to £400 million from a European fund to help parts of the South East hit by flooding this winter.
MEPs will use a debate in the European parliament later to call on the UK government to apply for flood aid.
Catherine Bearder, MEP for the South East, has started collecting signatures in a petition urging the government to bid, which has received over 1000 signatures already.
The dark brown area shows the surface water runoff from the recent floods. It happens when the soil is so saturated excess water from rain flows over the land.
A sinkhole has appeared in a street in south London. The Sutton Guardian reports the hole is around three feet deep and swallowed the wheel of a car in Maldon Road in Wallington.
Sinkholes are caused when the underlying rock is washed away - more exactly by the acid picked up by rain water as it passes through rotting vegetation.
That creates cavities underground which streams can flow through - the more water that flows the quicker the erosion.
Read more: Martin Stew explains what causes sinkholes.