The second annual Great Flood of Tooley Street

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Thursday 14 May 2009 8.44am
Anyone got any pics of today's drama on Tooley Street?

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Thursday 14 May 2009 9.34am
Unfortunately not but can confirm that at 8.40 this morning it was utter chaos - though could not see any water at street level like last time. Real action seems to be slightly further down Tooley Street this time at junction with Bermondsey Street rather than up towards TBR. Most of MoreLondon shut with lights out, unbelievable amount of fire crew, ambulances etc. To be frank, I am relieved this is all it is - I thought it might have been something a lot worse notwithstanding likely blight to local business etc.
Thursday 14 May 2009 11.25am
A few pics etc:
http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/3884

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Thursday 14 May 2009 11.49am
from the pic with the traffic light in it, that looks like quite a deep hole!

any connections with last years flooding?
Are the new plastic Thames Water pipes collapsing?
or is it still the old Victorian water mains down there?
any underground streams, or rivers causing subsidence?

We should be told! ;)
Thursday 14 May 2009 12.36pm
The Tooley Street burst water main affected the power supply to the London Television Centre in Upper Ground and caused problems for GMTV this morning:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/may/14/power-cut-gmtv

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Thursday 14 May 2009 12.45pm
Even the traffic lights turned red and yellow:


This one has a puddle:



Not to forget the High Volume Pump Tactical Advisor:
Thursday 14 May 2009 1.54pm
We're still on emergency power here at Guy's.
Thursday 14 May 2009 2.02pm
Thames Water is saying that Tooley Street could be closed for a week.

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Thursday 14 May 2009 2.51pm
Thanks for great pictures and updates James. Guess the 47 bus home is a non-starter then!!

In all seriousness though, how mad that this can happen twice in a year - buisnesses along Tooley Street must be apoplectic!
Thursday 14 May 2009 4.19pm
This does have potential for an annual festival to propitiate the river gods. Fire engines and floats with water nymphs, hoses squirting high, fluorescent jackets de rigueur, the backs to be lettered with ever more preposterous job-titles - Hose Handling Counsellor, Official Sewage Steward, Puddle Operative...
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