Flooding has forced a London hospital to cancel surgeries and appointments as Britons have been warned to brace for more flooding chaos by the Met Office who has issued a fresh storm warning for London and the south east today.
Homes, roads and Tube stations were flooded while two London hospitals asked patients to stay away after thunderstorms and torrential rain caused flash floods in parts of the capital.
Whipps Cross and Newham Hospitals in east London both urged patients to find alternative treatment centres after they were affected by the downpours.
All planned surgery and outpatient appointments have since been cancelled at Whipps Cross Hospital in east London.
Reports suggest parts of the hospital are without power and that up to 100 inpatients are being transferred to St Barts, Royal London and Homerton.
A spokeswoman for Barts Health NHS Trust said: ‘We are continuing to experience operational issues at Whipps Cross Hospital due to the heavy rainfall yesterday.
‘We cancelled all planned surgery and outpatient appointments for today, and are diverting ambulances while we work hard to clean up affected areas of the hospital.
‘We are keeping the situation under constant review and will post updates about services as necessary.
Floodwater begins to subside in Battersea, London, leaving mud covered roads and a stranded car which was abandoned
Pictured: a car is left covered in mud and debris after being stuck in floodwater in Battersea, London on Sunday
‘Meanwhile, we cleaned all areas affected by the flooding at Newham Hospital yesterday and its emergency department is now open to people needing emergency care.
‘We are working closely with other hospitals across the Barts Health group to maintain patient care and asking the public to check the latest visiting arrangements for each hospital on our website before coming to any site.’
The Environment Agency still has six flood warnings in place across the country’s southeast, while there are 19 alerts for potential flooding active throughout England and Wales.
The Met Office has issued further warnings over rain and thunderstorms in England and Scotland over the next four days.
A yellow warning is in place for parts of Kent and Sussex between 10am and 5pm on Monday while another yellow storm warning has been issued for much of the Midlands and northern England between 9am on Tuesday and 6am on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, a yellow thunderstorm warning is in place for most of Scotland between for 12 hours from noon on Tuesday, while yellow rain warnings also follow for all of Wednesday and the early hours of Thursday morning.
The wettest part of the country on Sunday was St James’s Park in London, where 41.6mm of rain fell.
Four stations remain closed, although only Stepney Green is due to flooding, but there’s good service across most train and tube services. Three others – Chancery Lane, Southwark and Temple – are closed due to staff shortages.
Police wade through deep flood water to assist a white van driver whose vehicle is submerged in Chigwell Road, London
A London taxi drives through water on a flooded road in The Nine Elms district of London after thunderstorms yesterday
Under water: The subway at South Woodford Station has flooded after heavy rainfall on Sunday afternoon
London Fire Brigade crews had to come to the rescue after two cars became stranded in flood water at Worcester Park
Flood warnings remain in place for large parts of the south east as the Met Office predicts more heavy showers are on the way
Pictured: Volunteers inflated a dinghy and carried stranded passengers from the submerged bus in London on Sunday
Pictured: The A406 also known as Southend Road remained closed overnight as floodwater submerged both sides of the road
Eastbound Metropolitan line trains are not stopping at Liverpool Street and step-free access is not available due to flooding.
London Fire Brigade said last night that in total they had more than 600 calls to flood-related incidents including flooding to roads and properties, reports of ceilings collapsing and vehicles stuck in water.
Pictures from the streets of the capital yesterday evening show fire crews using specialist equipment to rescue drivers from stranded cars.
New Cross Road became ‘a river’ amid the heavy downpours, and video showed Pudding Lane tube station almost completely submerged.
Meanwhile, residents in north-east London used buckets, brooms and wooden boards to create makeshift flood defences for their homes, while water gushing from an Underground station was caught on video.
Restaurant manager Mariya Peeva, who lives in Woodford, said her neighbour’s bedroom was flooded, and her son worked with other residents to prevent the rising rainwater from deluging their home.
Ms Peeva, 46, said: ‘My son went to buy some food from the local shop – by the time he came back the whole street and the pavement were already flooded and the water was coming into our front door.’
Londoner Eddie Elliott, 28, said the flooding was the worst he had ever seen it, after he cycled past Queenstown Road station where the road had been ‘totally shut down’.
He said: ‘Having been born and raised in London, I have never seen anything quite like it.
‘It stands out as the worst I’ve experienced personally … totally shut down the whole road with buses stood broken down in the water.’
A makeshift defence created by residents in Woodford to protect their home from floodwater after heavy rainfall hit London
Residents scramble to stop floodwater from entering their homes after torrential downpours in the capital yesterday
Homes, roads and Tube stations flooded while two London hospitals asked patients to stay away after thunderstorms and battered the south yesterday. Pictured: fire crews use specialist equipment to rescue a stranded driver in Worcester Park
The River Roding in East London burst its banks yesterday afternoon after torrential downpours. Pictured: Chigwell Road
Residents attempt to unblock a drain in south Woodford after a junction is submerged in rainwater after torrential downpours
London Fire Brigade said they received more than 600 calls to flooding related incidents yesterday including to stranded cars
Newham Hospital had a similar appeal, writing on its Twitter account: ‘Our Emergency Department has flooded in some areas. We’re still here if you need us but to help us while we fix things please attend a neighbouring hospital if possible. Thank you!’
Standon Calling festival in Hertfordshire was also cancelled due to the floods.
The festival said in a statement: ‘Unfortunately due to flooding we will no longer be able to proceed with the festival.
‘If you can safely leave the site this evening please do so as soon as possible. We are working on getting everyone off site as safely and quickly as possible.’
The rain brought an end to the heatwave earlier this week, but temperatures are set to rise in most places again on Monday as the storms clear, with the mercury predicted to reach 78F in London, 77F in Edinburgh, 75F in Cardiff, and 71F in Belfast.
The Met Office has predicted early cloud in some northern and eastern parts which will move up to Scotland, and sunny spells and scattered showers in most places throughout the day on Monday.
Pictured: The scene at Pudding Lane Tube station, which is seen above totally submerged under water
Canary Wharf business park buildings seen through heavy rainfall as a mass storm passes over the city on Sunday afternoon
Lightning strikes near Canary Wharf business park buildings with a bolt appearing to hit Aragon Tower in south east London
A yellow warning for storms also covers a wider area of the south from Norwich to Plymouth, and lasts until midnight
Police officers stop traffic from driving into flood waters and redirect traffic after severe rain caused flooding in east London
The Met Office has issued an amber warning for storms covering London and some of the Home Counties
Met Office rain gauges looking back over six hours saw 34mm of rain at Sandhurst and 32mm at Wych Cross in East Sussex. An Environment Agency rain gauge recorded 52mm of rainfall in an hour just west of Ashford. Pictured: Nine Elms, London
Rain brought an end to a heatwave earlier this week, potentially disappointing anyone who hoped for a sunny trip to the coast
Parts of south east England saw up to 50mm of rain in just an hour on Sunday afternoon as the area was battered by torrential rain (Pictured: People walking in Wimbledon Common, south west London, shelter from heavy showers under an umbrella)
Two friends in summer dresses shelter themselves from heavy rain showers which broke the week long heatwave in London
Met Office meteorologist Steven Keates said the storms are being caused by a ‘convergence’ of air currents, due to warmth in the earth’s surface from the recent heatwave rising into cooler air in the atmosphere. Pictured: Nine Elms district, London
Pictured: London Firefighters look along Chigwell Road in south Woodford which goes under the A406. The Metropolitan Police have declared a ‘major incident’ in north-east London after heavy rainfall and thunderstorms caused flash flooding
The river Roding appears to have burst its banks close to the Charlie Brown roundabout below the A406 North Circular Road in South Woodford. Police have closed Chigwell Road either side of the roundabout and it remained closed overnight
Walthamstow MP Stella Creasey told constituents she could ‘share this pain’ because her house had also been flooded
A cyclist rides through flood water in Horse Guards Road in central London as thunderstorms pelted the capital yesterday
A woman walks through Parliament Square as heavy rain sweeps through central London during torrential rain yesterday
A toilet overflows on Pudding Lane, London, as the capital’s infrastructure struggles to cope with the flooding
Battersea, London, flooded from the rain. It comes after lightning set fire to houses in Andover, Hampshire, on Saturday
There was a warning for heavy downpours and thunderstorms for southern England and South Wales from 8pm Friday and over the next two days with up to 2in (50mm) of rain expected within just a few hours. Pictured: a flooded street in Battersea
Wood Green High Street, in East London, taped off to the public as a result of flash flooding following heavy downpours
Parts of south east England saw up to 50mm of rain in just an hour on Sunday afternoon. Pictured: Wood Green high street
Wood Green High Street in the aftermath of flash flooding. The heavy downpours are also expected to continue
A torrential downpour in East London.Leytonstone High Street in East London flooded after a torrential downpour
Residents and business owners get creative as they try to protect their properties from flooding in Leytonstone High Street
Pedestrians sheltering underneath umbrellas in Wimbledon Village. The great British summer getaway began on Friday
Jamie Curtis said the roads near Clapham Common were blocked due to floodwater which was ’12 to 18 inches deep’.
‘(I’ve) not seen that level of flooding in London before,’ he said.
Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy told constituents she could feel their pain – because her house was flooded too.
Met Office meteorologist Steven Keates said the storms are being caused by a ‘convergence’ of air currents, due to warmth in the earth’s surface from the recent heatwave rising into cooler air in the atmosphere.
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.’
River water levels rose yesterday after downpours. Pictured: A burst water pipe next to Hammersmith Bridge, in West London
There was a warning for heavy downpours and thunderstorms for southern England and South Wales from 8pm Friday
Handout photo of in buses in flood water in Battersea, south London, after heavy rainfall hit the capital
Man walks through flood water in Horse Guards Road in central London. Thunderstorms brought heavy rain to the south east
Pictured: A pedestrian crosses through deep water on a flooded road in The Nine Elms district of London during heavy rain
A woman walks through a flooded path in St James’s Park in central London. 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’
A car drives through water on a flooded road in The Nine Elms district on London following hours of heavy rain in the capital
Two people shelter under the same umbrella as they walk through the grass at Wimbledon Common on the rainy Sunday
One park-goer in Wimbledon shelters herself from the rain while a friend stands nearby while they walk through the Common
Rain bounces off the pavements in central London as people shelter under umbrellas as the capital was battered with rain
Two friends in summer dresses shelter themselves from the rain during heavy showers which broke a week-long heatwave
Heavy rain pounds the streets in Soho, London. The capital city saw flash flooding as a result of extremely heavy downpours
Two people cosy up under an umbrella walking in Wimbledon Village during the heavy rain showers on Sunday afternoon
Thunderstorms brought torrential downpours and localised flooding to parts of the south east on Sunday
The rain brought an end to the heatwave earlier this week, potentially disappointing anyone who hoped for a dry, sunny trip to the coast.
The rest of the country was forecast to experience a cloudy, more settled end to the week with sunshine expected in Scotland.
Temperatures are set to rise in most places again today as the storms clear, with the mercury predicted to reach 26C in London, 25C in Edinburgh, 24C in Cardiff, and 22C in Belfast.
The Met Office has predicted early cloud in some northern and eastern parts which will move up to Scotland, and sunny spells and scattered showers in most places throughout the day.
Last week Britons heading on staycations to campsites and caravan parks along the south coast were warned over incoming storms, hail and 55mph winds which were set to hit England on Friday evening and last throughout the weekend.
Traffic navigates through deep water on a flooded road in The Nine Elms district of London on Sunday during heavy rain
A car drives through deep water on a flooded road in The Nine Elms during the torrential downpour
A cyclist wades through deep water on a flooded road in The Nine Elms district of London on Sunday
The great British summer getaway began on Friday as the heatwave continued — with around 400,000 tourists heading to packed airports over the weekend and up to 2.3 million drivers set to hit the roads as the school holidays kicked off.
The UK enjoyed another blast of heat on Friday before the torrential rain was forecast to set in, causing flooding, travel disruption and could even leave some areas ‘cut off’ this weekend as a month and a half’s worth of rain was set to fall in just a few hours.
There was a warning for heavy downpours and thunderstorms for southern England and South Wales from 8pm Friday and over the next two days with up to 2in (50mm) of rain expected within just a few hours.
Latitude festivalgoers got to enjoy sets by Rudimental, Sea Girls, Nadia Rose and Kawala on Saturday evening with no masks or social distancing as tightly packed crowds of people danced along to upbeat music.
Pictured: Latitude festivalgoers got to enjoy sets by Rudimental, Sea Girls, Nadia Rose and Kawala on Saturday evening
Thousands of revellers enjoying the first full-capacity festival since Covid-19 missed the rain for much of the afternoon
The heatwave which much of the UK enjoyed for the past week came to an end, as rain descended on the south of England
The four-day festival, which is part of the Government’s Events Research Programme, is being attended by 40,000 people. Festivalgoers must show proof of a negative Covid-19 test or be double vaccinated to access the Henham Park site in Suffolk
Earlier this week, Britons heading on staycations to campsites and caravan parks along the south coast were warned over incoming storms, hail and 55mph winds which were set to hit England on Friday evening and last throughout the weekend
The four-day festival, which is part of the Government’s Events Research Programme, is being attended by 40,000 people.
Festivalgoers must show proof of a negative Covid-19 test or be double vaccinated to access the site at Henham Park in Suffolk which also boasts its own pop-up vaccination clinic.
Photographs show revellers taking a zen moment with a spot of yoga or a quick dip in the lake in between drinks and musical acts. For those who love comedy, a tent dedicated to British and Irish-based comics featured Kerry Godliman and Katherine Ryan.
Headliners The Chemical Brothers, Bastille and Bombay Bicycle Club were booked to perform at the event.
But the Standon Calling music festival was called off due to flooding.
The festival, which had been taking place in Hertfordshire, had a capacity of 15,000.
The Met Office had issued an amber warning for storms in the home counties on Sunday.
Eart Herts Police said in a statement: ‘Due to serious flooding, promoters of the @StandonCalling music festival have sadly cancelled this year’s event.
‘We are working with the promoters to assist people with getting home safely or making other arrangements.’
Pictures of the festival on social media appeared to show large quantities of water and mud around the stages.
Standon Calling said on Twitter: ‘Unfortunately due to flooding we will no longer be able to proceed with the festival.
‘If you can safely leave the site this evening please do so as soon as possible.
‘We are working on getting everyone off site as safely and quickly as possible.’
The festival said it expected ‘considerable delays’ leaving the site and warned festivalgoers not to drive if intoxicated.
Ticket holders can return today to collect their belongings, the festival added.
Primal Scream, Craig David, De La Soul and Sophie Ellis-Bextor were among the acts scheduled to play on Sunday.