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Croydon underpass becomes emergency pond for floodwater

A pedestrian underpass in Croydon has been turned into an emergency pond to hold hundreds of thousands of litres of floodwater threatening homes and businesses in south London.

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Flooding underpass 'not an easy decision'

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.

– CROYDON COUNCIL LEADER MIKE FISHER

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