Life rafts on London streets and thousands without water after pipes burst in -5C turning ‘streets into rivers’

STREETS have turned into ‘rivers’ in London after freezing temperatures burst a water main.

Worried Camden residents watched in horror as homes on their street were flooded by fast-flowing water before they were evacuated.

Emergency services with lifeboat on site


Emergency services with lifeboat on siteSource: Twitter/GT_1991
Around 20 residents were evacuated from their homes


Around 20 residents were evacuated from their homesSource: Twitter/GT_1991

In videos Posted by an eyewitness, he can be heard describing the event: “I think someone’s trapped over there pregnant lady oh that’s why they have the lifeboat.

“They just yelled ‘pregnant woman’.”

The footage showed three rescue workers in orange hi-vis suits carrying a small emergency dyy.

“Look how deep it is, this window is about to burst,” the witness claimed.

“That’s sad, the whole house is gone,” he added.

The London Fire Brigade released a statement that read: “Eight fire engines and around 60 firefighters were called to Belsize Road, Camden, at 2:50am on Saturday morning.

“A 42-inch water main burst, causing flooding to a depth of half a meter over an area of ​​about 800 meters.”

The fire brigade said that several houses were flooded and firefighters had to bring around 20 residents to safety.

A resident told Ham & High News: “The fire brigade were amazing – they rescued a pregnant woman using a lifeboat.

“I couldn’t tell if the pregnant woman actually got on the boat or not at the end, but they were excellent at coming to her aid.

“No injuries – those across the street were sleeping in the basement flats but luckily woke up while they were filling up.”

LFB Deputy Assistant Commissioner Andy Williams said on the spot: “There are significant road closures and we are asking people to avoid the area where possible.

“The Water Authority is working to isolate the burst water main and firefighters are expected to remain on site for a few hours.

“Crews use flood barriers and a heavy-duty pumping unit to drain floodwaters.

“A recovery center has been set up at the Swiss Cottage leisure center for affected residents.”

Thames Water said local homes in north-west London in postcodes NW2, NW6, NW8 and NW10 may experience no or low water pressure due to the main main bursting.

A Thames Water spokesman said: “We are working with the local emergency services to ensure all residents are safe first and foremost while our engineers continue to close pipe valves in the area.

“If your home has been flooded we are so sorry, we know it must be very distressing.

“Our support teams are on the move to help customers suffering from low pressure or no water.”

This comes after Brits were given life-threatening snow and ice warnings today.

The warning affects the Midlands, while the rest of the UK has been placed on yellow alert by the Met Office.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has also issued a Level 3 cold weather alert as the cold snap “could increase health risks for vulnerable patients and disrupt service delivery”.

Met Office Deputy Chief Forecaster Helen Caughey said: “The northerly airflow and cold conditions that have dominated our weather patterns for the past 10 days will lose ground to a mild breeze from the south-west on Sunday.

“When the mild air meets the cold air that is currently over the UK there will be temporary snow, possibly at low levels, particularly in the north.

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“Add to this the risk of rain falling on frozen surfaces and strong winds over highland areas of northern Britain bringing blizzard conditions and this could be a day to avoid travel in some areas despite the snow receding would later turn to rain.

“There is also a brief risk of a spell of freezing rain that will most likely hit areas from the Pennines north, which could cause some power disruptions.”

Luckily there were no injuries


Luckily there were no injuriesPhoto credit: Getty
London Fire Brigade released a statement saying 8 fire engines and 60 firefighters were at the scene


London Fire Brigade released a statement saying 8 fire engines and 60 firefighters were at the scenePhoto credit: Getty Life rafts on London streets and thousands without water after pipes burst in -5C turning ‘streets into rivers’


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