London ready to face floods, 14408 houses at risk

LONDON: After playing havoc in Southern England the cyclone and flood has moved towards the capital London as the warning has been issued to 32 London Borough Councils will also be affected by the floods.

ITV London quoted the Environmental Committee of London Assembly as saying the floods will damage more than 14408 houses fully or partially. They said the low lying boroughs will be badly affected by the flood.

Waltham Forest will be on top of the list as far the damages to house is concerned as more than 2500 houses will face damage, second biggest loss is expected in Kingston upon Thames with 2350  houses, on third position will be Barnet: 1,150, fourth Richmond Upon Thames with one thousand followed by Hounslow 800 and Hounslow: 805, while remaining boroughs are as Tower Hamlets: 544, Harrow: 516, Merton: 461, Redbridge: 446, Bromley: 396, Barking and Dagenham: 390,  Brent: 379, Enfield: 352, Havering: 339, Wandsworth: 315, Greenwich: 312, Lewisham: 291, Newham: 231, Ealing: 163, Sutton: 148, Bexley: 126, Croydon: 125, Hackney: 95, Kensington and Chelsea: 49, Southwark: 48, Westminster: 45, Hammersmith and Fulham: 32, Lambeth: 18 and Haringey: 15.

These boroughs are facing the worst cyclone and floods after more than 200 years.

Firefighters and engineers transformed the Purley Cross pedestrian underpass in Croydon into a reservoir for floodwater threatening hundreds of homes and businesses in Kenley and Purley. But as water continued to rise, Croydon Council announced two new sites would be used for a same purpose.

The news comes as other parts of southern England battle far worse conditions, with thousands of properties on the River Thames in Berkshire and Surrey flooded and 600 troops deployed to assist in defending homes.

Around 1,000 homes in the Thameside village of Datchet were left without power during the night after power cuts which initially affected 1,700 properties and left engineers scrambling to fix the fault.

The Environment Agency has said rises in the level of the River Thames are among the biggest threat over coming days.

Travellers also face more misery on the rail network today as strong winds add to the complications caused by flooding.

Fewer than half the normal number of services were running on a major commuter route through Maidenhead, Berkshire, and speed restrictions were expected across large parts of western Britain in response to gale-force winds.