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Walthamstow flooding: Chaos in E17 after heavy rainfall

Walthamstow residents have taken to Twitter to warn about flooding across the area, after heavy rainfall during thunderstorms this afternoon. Network Rail [...]

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Flooding in Brooke Road, Walthamstow (Credit: Twitter/@TheOneException)
By Waltham Forest Echo 25 July 2021

Walthamstow residents have taken to Twitter to warn about flooding across the area, after heavy rainfall during thunderstorms this afternoon.

Network Rail have also reported issues on local train lines – including Blackhorse Road, Walthamstow and Wood Street stations – while flooding has caused backed-up traffic on the A406 North Circular Road towards Walthamstow and South Woodford, and A12 Northbound.

There are flooding issues at Walthamstow, Wood Street, Blackhorse Road and Manor Park in London. If you are travelling please check how your journey might be affected. We are working to clear the water and get services moving again. pic.twitter.com/aCw1CWgO23

Avoid the A406 walthamstow / south Woodford Junction. Severe flooding and many cars stuck. Stay safe everyone! #LondonFlooding #flooding #A406flooding pic.twitter.com/CcwVq5xvWO

For motorists going towards Green Man Roundabout Rd blocked & queueing traffic due to flooding on A12 Northbound at the Green Man Tunnel. Congestion to Lea Interchange & to routes thru Walthamstow. Not helped by more flooding on the North Circular. Detour in operation.

Dozens of streets are flooded, according to reports from residents. The affected streets have been compiled by Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy in a list shared to Facebook. Affected areas include High Street, Hoe Street, Lea Bridge, Chapel End, Higham Hill, Markhouse and Wood Street.

One Twitter user, @TheOneException, posted the photo of a flooded Brooke Road, above. They wrote: “This is currently the state of Brooke Road due to the rain + overflowing drains. The water is entering houses. The WF emergency council number is not working.”

And another, @DistantLupi, shared a video showing The Mall car park filled with water, adding: “My local shopping centre earlier today #Walthamstow”

My local shopping centre earlier today #Walthamstow pic.twitter.com/HJLoTcU5Fu

In the last few hours, flooding has also been reported in Leytonstone, Chingford and elsewhere in East London, including parts of Wanstead.

In a statement on Twitter, Waltham Forest Council said: “Waltham Forest Council have stood up an emergency Gold response with London Fire Brigade and the Metropolitan Police due to the impact of exceptional levels of rainfall today (Sunday, 25 July).

❗️Waltham Forest Council have stood up an emergency Gold response with London Fire Brigade and the Metropolitan Police due to the impact of exceptional levels of rainfall today (Sunday, 25 July). (1/3) pic.twitter.com/3UX9bLrWfP

“We are urgently closing roads and assisting residents with flooding enquiries. Our testing centres at One Hoe Street and Leyton Cricket Ground have been closed due to flooding, although other test sites across the borough remained open throughout.

“Residents can contact the council on 020 8496 3000 although waiting times may be longer due to the high number of calls.”

This is a developing story

To report a flood near your area, contact Waltham Forest Council here. Thames Water can be contacted via their website