Islington underwater from burst water pipe

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Over a hundred people have been forced out of their homes due to a burst water pipe in Angel, Islington.

Charlton place was completely underwater with Colebrooke Row and the boutique shops of Camden Passage also affected. As the water began to subside Upper Street’s road surface appeared to have been badly damaged.

The London Fire brigade said the water is two meters (6.5ft) deep in basement properties on Charlton Place and that they are now pumping the water into the nearby Regent’s Canal.

Many local residents were disrupted by this burst and are seeking accommodation elsewhere as one homeowner told BBC.

“I woke up at 05:30 with essentially a river down Charlton Place. We’re just refurbishing our kitchen. The last bits of the tiling were due to happen this morning and some damp proofing as well,” said homeowner Trevor Turner.

A Thames Water spokesperson reported that there are representatives in the area trying to help people find alternative accommodation and make insurance claims.

“We’ve stopped the flow of water and are now planning how best to repair it with as little disruption as possible,” said Thames Water Spokesman. “We don’t except water supplies to be affected by this work.”

Thames Water have apologised on their website.

BBC Travel reports long delays in both directions between Essex Road junction at Islington Green and Angel Station. Bus routes have also been diverted.

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