15-Aug-2018
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London's Stratford Shopping Centre is closed after 50 shops flooded

LONDON July 30: London's Stratford Shopping Centre has been closed after 50 shops were flooded by a burst water main on Sunday.
 
Some 10 fire engines and 70 firefighters rushed to the scene this afternoon, where the road was flooded to a depth of around eight inches.
 
Pictures and videos from the scene show water gushing out of the building and onto the street, as witnesses say there is around three inches of water inside the building.
 
The shopping centre will remain closed for the rest of Sunday and Monday with around 50 shops inside affected, the London Fire Brigade said.
 
Station manager Clinton Walsh said: 'The Stratford Centre has been closed as the concourse has flooded.
'Crews are working hard to try and prevent flood water from entering the properties.'
 
Thames Water said residents in Newham and Waltham Forest would be affected with low water pressure.  The Broadway is also partially closed while crews attend to the burst water main.
 
Crews are using sandbags to prevent water from entering properties.  The flooding comes as Britain is being slammed by heavy rains and gale force winds. 
 
The extreme weather has even caused Camp Bestival to close down on Sunday, with the festival announcing they were advised by their safety teams not to re-open the arenas due to the severe weather. 
 
Heavy downpours and strong winds will continue throughout Sunday. Monday and Tuesday will have a mixture of sunny spells and showers.
 
Temperatures are expected to strengthen throughout the week with clear skies on Thursday and hit 85F (29C) by Friday.