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Filthy water floods London homes after water main bursts

A major road in South London was closed by the emergency services last night after homes were flooded with filthy water as a result of a burst water main.

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Road closures after burst main fills streets with sewage

Several roads in London have been closed after a burst main caused major disruption in the area, London Fire Brigade said.

"Four fire engines and around 20 firefighters have been called to deal with a burst water main near the junction of Clapham Road and Claylands Rd in Stockwell, SW9," a statement read.

"The roadway has flooded to a depth of about four inches after the 30 inch water main burst. "

Fire officers place sandbags in flood water from a burst main in Clapham Road in Kennington, south London. Credit: PA Wire

London Fire Brigade said Clapham Road (A202) is currently closed between Oval and Stockwell tube stations, while several other roads in the area have also been affected, including Fentiman Road, Palfrey Place, Trigan Road, South Island Place and Handforth Road.

People have been advised to avoid the area as the clean-up continues.

"As well as pumping away water, crews are positioning sandbags as a precaution to protect properties that may become vulnerable to the flood water," the statement concluded.

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