London weather: Flash floods forced commuters to wade through knee-deep water in Acton

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Flash floods struck outside Chiswick Park tube station on Acton Lane after the downpour started.

Torrential rain in London forced commuters to wade through knee-deep water in Acton, after flash flooding struck.

Flash floods struck outside Chiswick Park tube station on Acton Lane after the downpour started at around 3pm yesterday (Wednesday, August 17).

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Torrential rain that forced commuters to wade through knee-deep water in London. Photo: SWNSTorrential rain that forced commuters to wade through knee-deep water in London. Photo: SWNS
Torrential rain that forced commuters to wade through knee-deep water in London. Photo: SWNS | David Rogers / SWNS

After a couple of hours, huge pools of water filled the road.

Videos and photos showed cars and pedestrians battling to make their way through several feet of water.

Flash floods struck outside Chiswick Park tube station on Acton Lane. Photo: SWNSFlash floods struck outside Chiswick Park tube station on Acton Lane. Photo: SWNS
Flash floods struck outside Chiswick Park tube station on Acton Lane. Photo: SWNS | David Rogers / SWNS

Barber shop owner David Rogers, 35, said: “Range Rovers, Porsches and just every day cars were battling through it.

People were walking through it too - it was up to their knees.”

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After a couple of hours, huge pools of water filled the road. Photo: SWNSAfter a couple of hours, huge pools of water filled the road. Photo: SWNS
After a couple of hours, huge pools of water filled the road. Photo: SWNS | David Rogers / SWNS

The downpour came after the capital baked in a heatwave with temperatures of up to 40C, following the driest JUly on record.

Mayor Sadiq Khan and the fire service have warned that as the ground is so parched, the dry earth will struggle to absorb heavy rainfall - prompting flash floods.

While the area has been officially declared as being in drought.

And Thames Water has announced a hosepipe ban will be brought in from August 24.

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