Wednesday, August 4News For London

Islington Flooding: Dozens forced to evacuate after water main burst

Source: Islington Gazette (Twitter @islingtongztte)
Source: Islington Gazette (Twitter @islingtongztte)

About 100 people forced to leave their homes and Upper Street area of north London borough closed.

Torrents of water was seen gushing down the streets of Upper Street in Islington, causing severe flooding in North London.

Dozens of people were evacuated from their homes and streets after a ruptured water main hit homes and businesses in the early hours of Monday morning.

Businesses in the shopping and dining district around Camden Passage were submerged in water. Around 100 people were sent to a nearby pub the Steam Passage Tavern as their homes flooded.

The water was at a depth of two metres in the basements of properties on Charlton Place in Angel, Islington, and about 100 people were evacuated, London Fire Brigade (LFB) said.

Several dramatic images were shared on social media showcasing the events as they unfolded. Social media platform Twitter saw live updates from residents of Islington.

Twitter users shared information about the closures in the area and provided an insight on their own house flooding.

Several users criticised and questioned the steps taken by authorities in this situation.

Journalist Koos Couvee who writes for Islington Tribune took to Twitter with his criticism over poor quality of action taken by Thames Water, saying, “Residents joke about ‘first world problems’ but question why Thames Water couldn’t switch off water earlier having been alerted at 4am”.

The flooding also hit homes in Charlton Place and Colebrooke Row, where Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson owns a £4million property. The flood caused tens of thousands of pounds of damage in similar properties in the area.

A local resident Marthe de Ferrer tweeted a live video of water approaching Boris Johnson’s house calling it “Quite impressive flooding”.


London Fire Brigade, were called just after 5am and claim to have a range of equipment which can be used to help rescue people trapped by flood water, to pump water away and to protect properties.

Due to the flooding, several residents of Islington have been left without water. Thames Water has issued an online apology concerning this matter.

A spokeswoman for Thames Water said: “We’re really sorry to everyone affected by our burst pipe. “We’ve stopped the flow of water and are now planning how best to repair it with as little disruption as possible.

As the fire continues to burn on social media, The Islington Council and Thames Water are working together to deal with the hazard and help provide shelter to people who had to evacuate their homes. They are also currently working on providing water to households that are suffering because of the floods.

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