A Thames Water spokesman says the water is not sewage.
They say it is the result of a burst water main, which had mixed with silt and mud.
Engineers are on site working to manage the problem.
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The plaque at number 16 Cowley Street in Westminster marks the brown brick Georgian townhouse where Sir John lived for 31 years.
A man reportedly armed with several knives has been arrested in Whitehall on suspicion of planning a terror attack, police have said.
Metropolitan Police officer, Tom Harrison, has been crawling the course since the race began on Sunday morning.