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School children are rescued in dinghies by firefighters as roads turn to rivers in south east London after a main burst left homes cut off by six-foot deep water

  • Around 70 firefighters called to the scene in Blackheath, southeast London
  • Ruptured water main has caused flooding to area with basement flats affected
  • Thames Water said it was doing ‘all we can to get things back to normal’ quickly

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School children had to be rescued in dinghies by firefighters after a ruptured water main caused flooding in southeast London overnight.

Around 70 firefighters were called to six feet of flooding on Meadowcourt Road and Eltham Road in Blackheath after a pipe burst, with the road turning to a river.

Up to 900 properties were left with no water or low pressure due to the burst main being shut off, however Thames Water said supplies are continuing to return to customers. 

Meanwhile, schools and nurseries in the area were forced to shut for the day. 

School children had to be rescued in dinghies by firefighters after a ruptured water main caused flooding in southeast London overnight

School children had to be rescued in dinghies by firefighters after a ruptured water main caused flooding in southeast London overnight

Image of the floodwater taken from the London Fire Bridge's Greenwich station

Image of the floodwater taken from the London Fire Bridge’s Greenwich station 

Six properties have been flooded and the fire station has also been affected by flood water, according to the London Fire Brigade.

There are currently no reports of any injuries.

Significant road closures are in place and buses are being diverted, with people advised to avoid the area.

A Thames Water spokesperson said: ‘We’re sorry to customers who are experiencing low pressure or no water following a large burst pipe earlier this morning on the A20 Eltham Road, in SE12.

‘Our engineers have shut off the flow of water from the burst and supplies are now returning to the affected area. We’re also delivering bottled water to customers who have pre-registered with us as having special requirements, such as being medically reliant on water.

‘We apologise to drivers affected by the closure of the A20 and for the disruption this has caused. We’re doing all we can to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.’

The London Fire Bridge's station in Greenwich was also affected by floodwater

The London Fire Bridge’s station in Greenwich was also affected by floodwater 

The London Fire Bridge said there was around 6ft of flooding on the two roads in Blackheath, southeast London

The London Fire Bridge said there was around 6ft of flooding on the two roads in Blackheath, southeast London

The London Fire Brigade said: ‘Ten fire engines and around 70 firefighters have been called to flooding on Meadowcourt Road in Blackheath and Eltham Road.

‘Crews are working to divert flood water after a water main ruptured, flooding an area of around 600m x 200m.’

They added: ‘The Brigade was called at 0438. Fire crews from Lewisham, Eltham, East Greenwich and surrounding fire stations are at the scene.’

Source: Daily Mail UK

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