Business Continuity Incident: Homes and Business hit by burst water main

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Dozens evacuated after burst water main leaves Islington flooded

About 100 people forced out of their homes and Upper Street area of north London borough closed

Flooded roads around Upper Street in Islington, north London after the water main burst.
Flooded roads around Upper Street in Islington, north London after the water main burst.

Dozens of people have been evacuated from their homes in north London after a water main burst, causing severe flooding.

The water was at a depth of two metres in the basements of properties on Charlton Place in Angel, Islington, and about 100 people were evacuated, London fire brigade said.

Pictures posted on social media show water gushing through the streets and up through the road.

Police are using The Steam Passage tavern as a refuge for residents, while Upper Street has been closed and motorists were advised to avoid the area.

Water gushes through a street in Islington.
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Water gushes through a street. Photograph: @MPSIslington/Metropolitan police/PA

The fire brigade have a range of equipment that can be used to help rescue people trapped by floodwater, to pump water away and to protect properties.

The Metropolitan police said officers were called to Upper Street at the junction with Camden Passage to reports of a burst water main at about 4am.

Thames Water said: “We’re sorry to customers in the N1 postal code area who may experience no water. This is due to a burst water main on Upper Street. We’re sorry for any inconvenience caused.”