By Aglaia Staff

Residents woke up to find their properties several feet under water in a scene one man described as “apocalyptic”.

The flooding hit Half Moon Lane in Herne Hill, south London, due to a burst water main and people were being advised to stay in their homes.

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Visit aglaia.co.in Half Moon Herne Hill (Photo credit: Matthew Black)

Fire crews, using special dingy-style boats, have been working to clear the water estimated at one metre deep and covering about 100 metres (328ft) of road.

One of those affected by the flooding was Simon Eckel, landlord of the Half Moon pub.

He told the media that the cellar was totally immersed in water up to 3m (9ft) high and there had also been about a metre (3ft) of water on the ground floor at one point.

He said: “There’s mud everywhere. I started hearing a car alarm about 5.15am and thought someone was trying to break in.

 Herne Hill Flood As Water Mains Burst

Visit aglaia.co.in English: Herne Hill station main building, on the London-bound side (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Water was pouring into the cellar and it kept on rising.”

Mr Eckel estimated the cost of the damage would run into many thousands of pounds.

Another local resident Crispin Sugden tweeted: “Epic burst water main. For a second it was apocalyptic.”

London Fire Brigade said: “Fire crews are attending a suspected burst water main on Half Moon Lane in Herne Hill.

“Over 100m of road is flooded, and the water is a metre deep in some places. The large water main has now been switched off and the water is slowly receding.”

A spokesperson said: ”Our crews are well equipped to deal with floods, and we have lots of specialist skills and equipment used at the scenes of incidents like this one.

 Herne Hill Flood As Water Mains Burst

Visit aglaia.co.in English: Herne Hill station platform signage, in Southeastern blue (but also served by the First Capital Connect Thameslink service) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“The most important thing for us is making sure that people are safe, so people who live in the affected street are being advised to stay in their homes until the water is cleared.

“Then we will be helping to clear water out of basements, homes, and local businesses.”

“Two fire engines from Brixton and West Norwood fire stations are at the scene with two fire rescue units from Lewisham and Battersea fire stations. Fire crews are using special dinghy-style boats to get around the flooded area.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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