Two London hospitals declared a “major incident” on Sunday after their A&E departments were flooded as storms battered the capital.
London was hit with “torrential downpours, thunder and lightning” on Sunday which saw Newham Hospital and Whipps Cross Hospital left with “operational issues.”
Patients were asked to “attend alternative hospitals where they can,” but walk-ins were still allowed.
Barts Health NHS Trust said in a statement on Sunday evening, “We are experiencing operational issues at Whipps Cross Hospital and Newham Hospital due to the heavy rainfall.
“We are working closely with our local partners to resolve the issues and maintain patient care and while services remain available for people in an emergency, patients are asked to attend alternative hospitals where they can, to help us put solutions in place as quickly as possible.”
Newham Hospital tweeted, “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!”
— Sophie Toumazos (@sophdaws183) July 25, 2021
Other parts of London were also affected with many areas across the capital were submerged under water.
— Mara Croft🧲 (@mariya_peeva) July 25, 2021
Covid testing centres were forced to close as flash floods hit London and South England leaving families stranded and some trapped in their vehicles in four feet of water.
My house is flooding…brooooo so much shit has been ruinedddddd pic.twitter.com/01Zx8aKnJj
— C🐊 (@Orangespiz) July 25, 2021
Walthamstow reported waist high water inside peoples homes – and on the A406 dramatic footage showed cars stranded.
Kingston Police warned motorists to “drive carefully” and reminded drivers that they are “not driving a submarine.”
They wrote in a tweet, “Do not enter what could possibly be deep water.
“Watch your speed and distance as stopping distances will be greater.”