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Flash flooding leaves roads underwater and cars submerged

Flash floods have left cars submerged and turned roads into rivers across south London, with close to a month's worth of rain falling in one hour.

The scene in Wallington Credit: Twitter / Paul Jolly

The London Fire Brigade has attended a number of flash flooding and lightning strike calls in Wallington, Mitcham and Croydon.

In Wallington, South London, two people were helped from their cars and firefighters had to rescue a third person whose car was almost "completely submerged" in Manor Road.

In Caterham, Surrey, roads have been flooded and some shops have reportedly been told to shut by the emergency services.

Almost a month's worth of rain fell in one hour, with 39.6mm recorded at Kenley Aerodrome in Surrey

The Met Office has issued a yellow rain warning for London and the south-east.

A London Fire Brigade spokesman said around 200 emergency calls have been made in response to the "biblical" flooding, including trees, hoarding and telegraph poles alight, thought to be caused by lightning.

Three people were rescued from their submerged cars in Wallington Credit: London Fire Brigade
Cars submerged in Wallington Credit: Nick Fairbrother
Onlookers in Wallington helped two people clamber out of their cars and to safety Credit: Nick Fairbrother
One person was rescued from their submerged car in Wallington Credit: Twitter / @troyestory
Flash flooding sparked chaos on some roads in Surrey Credit: Twitter / Jim Browne

Our 999 control officers have been extremely busy this afternoon taking calls to storm-related incidents across the capital.

Firefighters are attending a number of incidents, mainly due to flooding.

Crews rescued someone from a car that was almost completely submerged by floodwater in Wallington

– London Fire Brigade spokesman