Local Flooding

Recent days have seen the sun and warm weather emphatically punctuated by torrential rain and lightning storms which have, unfortunately, led to some basement flooding in the SW1 area.

Thames Water have dutifully been keeping me and my team up-to-date on the latest and I will be sure to keep you posted on any further information, as and when I receive it.

Should worried residents require any assistance from my office, please do not hesitate to get in touch via fieldm@parliement.uk.

In the meantime, please do read the latest from Thames Water below. 

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Dear MP

As you'll have seen, significant rainfall over the last few days has caused flooding in isolated locations across London, Hertfordshire and the wider South East. The Hertfordshire and North London Area Incident Room has been opened in readiness for heavy thunderstorms forecast for Thursday 31 May and Friday 1 June. Up to 40mm of rain in 1 hour is forecast with a total maximum of 80mm in isolated locations. This forecast is of low confidence due to the unpredictable nature of thunderstorms. Property flooding and road closures are possible so we will be monitoring the rainfall and managing our response to any flooding that occurs.

We have issued 5 Flood Alerts across Hertfordshire and North London. Our Operations teams are, and have been, clearing trash screens and other assets ahead of any further impacts that might be seen over the next 24 hours. We have briefed our partners and local authorities to help them prepare for the forecast thunderstorms. Our Community Information Officers have also been out engaging with members of the public in vulnerable locations.

If you are contacted by concerned constituents, please encourage them to call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 with queries regarding flooding and to sign up to receive free Flood Warnings. People can also check our website for current Flood Alerts and Warnings or follow @EnvAgencySE and #floodaware on Twitter for the latest flood outlook. To report an incident or a blockage in a watercourse, please contact our incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60.

Further information on the forecast can be found on the Met Office website at: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings/#?tab=map.

If you have any questions please contact me or my colleagues at this email address.

Kind regards

Paul Wyatt

Incident Manager for Hertfordshire and North London area

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Dear Mr Field

As promised I want to update you on the flooding in Longmoore Street area.

Following further investigations throughout the day we’ve now been made aware of 39 properties that have been flooded – not all required pumping out and most have now been cleaned.  We’d like to thank customers for their patience.

Tankers will stay on site on standby throughout the evening and our engineers are also remaining on site to monitor the situation.

I will update you again in the morning.

Kind regards

Cecilia Larkin

Local and Regional Government Liaison

Thames Water Utilities Ltd.

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Dear Mr Field

I wanted to let you know that following heavy rain fall experienced across the south east in the last 24 hours, flooding has affected 25 local basement properties in SW1 – a mixture of commercial and residential in Longmoore St., Wilton Road, Upper Tachbrook St., Guildhouse St., Churton St. and Gillingham St. We’re sorry for the disruption and would like to thank customers for their patience.  Customer representatives and loss adjusters are on site today to talk to the people affected and provide support.

Our event support vehicle is also in attendance and we are door-knocking other properties in the area to make sure there has been no further flooding. We are pumping out all affected properties, our tankers will remain on stand-by and we have arranged for clean-ups. We are doing everything possible to get things back to normal as soon as possible.

We are investigating the cause of the flooding, Westminster City Council’s Duty Manager has been informed and we are working with the council on traffic management so our investigations can be carried out safely.

I will keep you updated as our investigations progress.

Cecilia Larkin

Local and Regional Government Liaison

Thames Water Utilities Ltd.