PASSENGERS were rescued from a bus by a rubber dinghy and a DLR station was left underwater as flash floods hit London yesterday.
The capital was battered by thunderstorms on Sunday afternoon, with disruption to transport around the city.
Residents used a dinghy to help passengers get off a bus stuck on a flooded roadCredit: Independent TV
Pudding Mill Lane DLR Station was left underwaterCredit: UKNIP
There have also been reports of a major incident being declared at London hospitals due to flooding at Newham and Whipps Cross.
The emergency department and maternity ward at Whipps Cross Hospital are said to be affected, with extra staff being called in and ambulances being redirected.
A video shared on social media shows a bus stuck in a flooded street and residents coming to the rescue to help passengers get off safely.
Locals used a small inflatable boat and covered their legs with bin bags to protect themselves as they helped people off the bus in Hackney Wick, East London.
In the clip, two men can be seen moving the dinghy around with bus passengers on it as others cheer from the footpath.
At some point, the men also pick up some of the passengers and hold them in their arms to move them away from the flooded road.
Another clip shows Pudding Mill Lane DLR Station completely flooded, with water moving quickly as a passenger stands on the stairs.
In Whitechapel, a Sainsbury’s supermarket was also left underwater, with staff trying to clear the flood as customers waited outside.
Buses around the city were left stranded as a result of flooding, with homes and businesses being damaged by the water.
Several people have been unable to use public transport after stations were closed during the storms.
Barefoot pedestrians and vehicles were pictured wading through flooded streets as the city was lashed by torrential rain.
In Wanstead, East London, police declared a major incident after families with children were trapped in their cars in floodwater, believed to be four-foot deep.
Two men covered their legs with bin bags and picked up passengers from a bus in Hackney WickCredit: Independent TV
Police declared a major incident in Wanstead, East LondonCredit: UkNewsinPictures
Cars drove through deep water in Nine Elms as storms hit London on SundayCredit: AFP
Thunder and lightning hit the capital yesterday afternoonCredit: Alamy
The London Fire Brigade said it took more than 600 calls to flooding incidents on Sunday.
They included reports of flooding to roads and properties as well as ceilings collapsing and vehicles stuck in water.
Met Office meteorologist Steven Keates said parts of the south between south Suffolk and the Isle of Wight could be hit by 100mm of rain in just a few hours on Sunday evening.
He said: “There’s torrential thunderstorms around yet again.
“Into the evening, from Norfolk to Bournemouth we are going to see some pretty lively showers.
“Torrential downpours, thunder and lightning and potentially some hailstones are settling in the south.”
Mr Keates said the storms have been caused by a “convergence” of air currents, because of warmth in the earth’s surface from the recent heatwave rising into cooler air in the atmosphere.
Forecasters have warned the wet weather could continue for three weeks, with temperatures struggling to reach the mid-teens in some regions.
A spokesman for the Met Office said: “Nowhere is immune – that’s probably a good way to put it. London has some of the worst weather at the moment.”
There are no weather warnings in place for the beginning of next week, but the forecaster said there will be showers.
But they added: “Mid-August may see drier and warmer conditions, with temperatures most likely above average.”
Brian Gaze, of the website Weather Outlook, said: “It’s very disappointing
for school holidays after the heatwave. But temperatures could nudge 28C in Scotland from mid-August as high pressure builds again.”
Today the weather will be dry in most parts of the country, with some sunny spells, the Met Office said.
Areas along the North Sea will experience cloudy conditions, while showers will hit the northeast of Scotland.
The weather is expected to remain unsettled for the rest of the week, with showers and spells of rain set to hit the UK.
The Met Office said some of the downpours may be heavy with a risk of hail and thunder.
Temperatures will feel cool, with breezy conditions in southern areas of the UK.
It comes after lightning set fire to houses in Andover, Hampshire, on Saturday morning, forcing residents to leave.
Neighbours heard an “enormous bang” as the strike set two homes ablaze on Mercia Avenue, and a 70-year-old woman was assessed by paramedics.
Kingston Police, who oversee a borough in the amber zone for storms, warned motorists to “drive carefully” and remember they are “not driving a submarine”.
The force said in a tweet: “Please remember to drive carefully. Also remember that you’re not driving a submarine.
“Do not enter what could possibly be deep water. Watch your speed and distance as stopping distances will be greater.”
The rain brought an end to the heatwave earlier this week, potentially disappointing anyone who hoped for a dry, sunny trip to the coast.
Elm Park Avenue in South Tottenham, Haringey, was also left underwaterCredit: @999London.
A pedestrian crosses through deep water on a flooded road in the Nine Elms areaCredit: AFP
Flooding caused disruption to transport links in LondonCredit: AFP