Residents rescued from homes after burst water main traps people in Hammersmith

Flooding in Hammersmith Credit: ITV News

Firefighters have used rescue boats to evacuate 70 people left trapped by flooding in west London on Friday night.

About 50 firefighters were sent to King Street in Hammersmith at 8.15pm on Friday after a burst water main caused flood water to gush down the road, leaving people trapped in cars, restaurants and houses.

Water levels rose to nearly 20 inches in places, with flooding stretching across an area of about 650 metres by 100 metres.

London Fire Brigade said it had evacuated seven people from their homes.

About 70 people were led to safety and a further 34 escorted from the area.

Station Manager Paul Fitzgerald said sand bags were provided to stop water from entering buildings.

"Fire crews are using boats to assist people who need to leave their homes, although the majority of residents are able to stay in their property," he said.

"Crews are continuing to pump water away and Thames Water is at the scene investigating.

"We advise people to avoid the area if they can, as a number of road closures are in place and Ravenscourt Park Tube station is closed."

Thames Water said it was working to fix the "major burst", adding: "We are sorry, and working to resolve the situation as quickly as we can. We are aware some customers are without water or have low pressure. We will post updates as we have them."

By 1am on Saturday water had begin to subside on King Street and it was reopened.

Thames Water has placed staff at Hammersmith Town Hall to help customers affected by the flooding.