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City Hall remains shut as Tooley Street businesses return to normal

London SE1 website team

Three days after the burst water main that shut the More London estate, City Hall remains without electricity as other local businesses return to normal.

City Hall
City Hall remained in darkness on Wednesday with just 24 hours till the mayoral election
Generator at Amano
Businesses at More London - including Amano's parkside kiosk - are currently relying on emergency generators
Magdalen restaurant
Magdalen restaurant reopened on Wednesday as work continues to patch up the road and pavement outside
Fuel truck
A fuel truck outside Devon Mansions keeps the generators going at More London

Click here for Wednesday 6.30pm update

The home of London's government briefly reopened on Wednesday morning before another power cut forced the renewed closure of City Hall.

Neighbouring businesses on the More London estate brought in generator trucks on Monday night to enable staff to return to their desks as EDF continues to work to restore power supplies to the riverside office complex.

Meanwhile Thames Water says that Tooley Street will remain open to a single lane of traffic for the rest of the week and the situation will be reassessed at the weekend.

It is estimated that 7 million litres of water flooded the underground service area which is shared by City Hall and firms such as Ernst & Young, Norton Rose and Lawrence Graham.

London Elects, the body overseeing this week's elections in the capital, says that the declaration of the results will go ahead as planned at City Hall on Friday evening.

Staff at the Magdalen restaurant on Tooley Street have been cleaning up and replacing equipment since Sunday evening when the owners found 18 inches of water in the basement kitchens. Magdalen reopened for business on Wednesday lunchtime.

"We have shown a little bit of old-fashioned British spirit to get back to business so quickly," says Roger Faulks.

Southwark Council's call centre – based at the Cottons Centre on Tooley Street – was also afflicted by power supply problems. Staff based at a back-up location were dealing with critical issues only, such as emergency housing repairs and health and safety issues.

Power is yet to return to the Cottons Centre but Southwark Council says that work is continuing to create a stable supply. Once this has been established, a strategy to restore business to the Cottons Centre will begin. According to Southwark Council, EDF is currently unable to supply a timeframe for when all businesses will have power.

Southwark's area housing offices and wardens have been distributing leaflets in the area affected which offer information on the situation and inform residents on where they can access further information. Extra staff have been sent to housing offices to deal with public enquiries.

The council's health and safety teams have been visiting every business in the area.

Another casualty of the floods is the Mayor of Southwark's charity ball in aid of the Damilola Taylor Trust.

Cllr Bob Skelly was due to host the function at the Hilton London Tower Bridge but due to the problems in Tooley Street the event will now take place at the Waldorf Hilton across the river.

Click here for Wednesday 6.30pm update

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