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WATCH: Somers Town homes under five feet of water after Euston flood

Exclusive: Footage shows water pouring through windows of basement flat

30 October, 2017 — By William McLennan

Firefighters at the scene 

SOMERS Town residents have spoken of the terrifying scenes they encountered when they woke in the middle of the night on Friday to find their home under five feet of water.

A burst water main in Eversholt Street sent water cascading into basement flats in Chalton Street from around 4:30am.

The fire brigade and Thames Water worked to shut down the leak and pump water out of the flood damaged homes over throughout the weekend.

But some homes have been severely damaged and face months of disturbance, with several households having to be put up in hotels over the weekend.

Patricia Collins said: “I was in tears. I just felt so helpless. My home was being ruined again and there was nothing I could do to stop it. I love this little place.”

Her daughter, Susan Guyver, said: “The speed it was coming through was terrifying. If the windows had gone we would have been drowned.”

Footage filmed by Ms Guyver shows the basement flat under several feet of water, with the pressure forcing water through the window.

She said: “It looked like a fish tank. Thankfully the glass didn’t break.”

Eversholt Street remains closed today (Monday), while engineers work to repair the broken pipe.

A Thames Water spokesman said: “We’re really sorry for the disruption the burst has caused and we’re committed to doing all we can to get things back to normal. Our loss adjusters started visiting affected residents on Friday to talk them through their options with regards to insurance and, for those who choose to make a claim through us rather than their own insurers, we’ll make sure these are processed as quickly as possible and the residents are supported every step of the way.”

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