Clean up continues after flooding across Barking and Dagenham
- Credit: Shaun Lovett
A clean-up operation is ongoing after heavy rain caused flash flooding across Barking and Dagenham.
The downpour yesterday afternoon (July 25) led to road and rail closures in east London, with emergency response teams working through the night and into today.
Renwick Road in Barking is closed between Ripple Road and Choats Road due to ongoing flooding, with crews on the scene pumping water.
Barking and Dagenham Council has said there is also "severe flooding" in Choats Manor Way, Dagenham and people are advised to avoid the area.
On social media, residents posted photos and videos of flooding in many other areas late yesterday.
These included Upney Lane outside Barking Hospital; parts of Thames View including Bastable Avenue and River Road; Sheppey Road; Chequers Lane; Hedgemans Road; Woodward Road; Broad Street; Ford Road; Heathway and other areas in Dagenham; and on the A13.
London Fire Brigade (LFB) says its 999 control room took more than 1,000 calls to flooding incidents across the capital.
These included people trapped in cars and homes, basement flooding and ceilings collapsing.
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A Thames Water spokesperson said: “We sympathise with everyone effected by yesterday’s torrential rain and flooding.
"We had extra staff on standby overnight and have offered support to the local authority emergency planning teams, who lead on surface flooding, but so far we’ve not been called up as part of their response.
“We have crews out today checking our sewers for blockages which can often form following heavy rain and surface flooding, when debris can get washed into the pipes, and will stay in touch with all flood partners in case we’re needed.”
Transport for London (TfL) said that the Movers Lane underpass on the A13 in Barking was "restricted" yesterday due to the water.
Trains also stopped running on TfL Rail between Liverpool Street and Ilford following the downpour.
There are currently no major rail delays affecting east London services.
The flooding followed a yellow weather warning issued by The Met Office.
The Met Office is forecasting sunny spells with little rain for London this afternoon (July 26), with heavy, thundery showers developing across the southeast.