Flooding which caused days of misery for commuters blamed on blocked drains

The flooding which has caused days of misery for rail commuters has been blamed on blocked drains.

Thameslink services through central London have faced severe disruption since the track became submerged last week.

Stomach-churning pictures released by Thames Water show a metal grill by silt and debris.

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The flooding, between St Pancras and Farringdon, was caused by a burst water main.

Thames Water said it was initially unclear why the water refused to drain away but an investigation revealed the blockage.

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