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Second annual great flood of Tooley Street: burst water main causes havoc

Shops and offices in Tooley Street and on the More London estate were shut on Thursday morning after a burst water main flooded part of the street.

Second annual great flood of Tooley Street: burst water main causes havoc
The burst water main was next to the pedestrian crossing opposite the Unicorn Theatre
Second annual great flood of Tooley Street: burst water main causes havoc
For the second year running firefighters used high volume pumps to clear water from the vast underground service area beneath the More London Estate
Second annual great flood of Tooley Street: burst water main causes havoc
Offices at 6 More London Place were closed due to a lack of power
Sign at Cafe Amore
Sign at Cafe Amore
Second annual great flood of Tooley Street: burst water main causes havoc
Salvation Army catering van
Second annual great flood of Tooley Street: burst water main causes havoc
The clean-up operation
Second annual great flood of Tooley Street: burst water main causes havoc
The Hilton London Tower Bridge was badly affected by last year's flood and was once again sealed off

The burst water main happened just over a year after a very similar flood just a few yards away.

The fire brigade was called just after 4am on Thursday. Eight fire engines and around 40 firefighters were sent to the scene with high volume pumps to clean up the mess.

Firefighters from Dowgate, Dockhead, Southwark, Old Kent Road, Shadwell, Shoreditch, Whitechapel and surrounding stations have attended the incident.

Once again firefighters had to pump water out of the vast underground service area below the More London estate.

Closed on Thursday morning

• Offices at 6 More London Place
Hilton London Tower Bridge
• Bagel Street
More Champagne
Caffe Nero
• Cafe Amore
• Amano at the Parkside Kiosk next to City Hall
Unicorn Theatre

City Hall was closed to members of the public but open to staff. M&S Simply Food was open as usual.

Ernst & Young's offices were open but a sign in the foyer warned staff that the lifts were out of action and that they could expect to be asked to leave the building at short notice.

Cafe Amore best captured the mood on the More London estate with a sign in the window: "Oh no not again!" Customers were redirected to their sister establishment Most Cafe Bar underneath Tower Bridge.

The Salvation Army brought in its emergency support unit to keep firefighters and other emergency workers fed during the morning.

The closure of Tooley Street led to heavy traffic on nearby streets including St Thomas' Street and Borough High Street as well as disruption to local bus services.

Route RV1 is being diverted via London Bridge and route 381 is being diverted westbound via Great Dover Street.

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• If you've got any pictures of the actual flooding on Thursday morning, please get in touch!

• 2pm update: a Thames Water spokesman says that Tooley Street could be closed to traffic for about a week whilst repairs are made.

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