London suburb wakes up under TWO FEET of water after massive leak from mains


The centre of a London suburb is under water this morning after a burst water main caused chaos.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to Herne Hill in south London at 5.30am this morning after water began rising above waist height.
Cars, bus stops and shops are half-submerged at the junction of Herne Hill and Half Moon Lane, where people in 24 homes were stuck.

Submerged: The water has risen to an astonishing level in a short period, leaving cars stricken 

Boat rescue: Firefighters in a boat on Herne Hill this morning after a water main burst

Deluge: The Metropolitan Police's helicopter was over the flood zone this morning and warned people to avoid the area until it is cleared


The fire service has even brought in a boat to help deal with the emergency. 
Thames Water said it is trying to find the leak but the 'complex' water system there is making it difficult.
'We were called by the London Fire Brigade and are on the scene trying to find the leak.
'A 3ft-wide water pipe burst in Herne Hill at the junction of Half Moon Lane at around 5am today.

Spot the difference: The flooded junction in London suburb Herne Hill in happier and drier times

Eerie: This was the scene at the junction of Herne Hill and Half Moon lane this morning, where residents took these pictures from their windows
Spot the difference: The flooded junction in London suburb Herne Hill in happier and drier times
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