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25 August 2020 08:34

Kingston Road is blocked in both directions after flooding near the railway bridge in the New Malden area.

Floodwaters blocked roads and threatened to disrupt homes and businesses in Kingston town centre on Monday evening (August 24) after heavy rainfall during the day. Images and videos posted to social media showed heavy rains through Monday afternoon and floodwaters washing over roads in the town centre. Flooded streets included the low-lying underpass at Kingston Bridge and on Eden Street with traffic delays reported in the area. Kingsgate Road and Woodstreet underpass were meanwhile closed by police. The flooding arrived as the Met Office issued nationwide warnings ahead of the arrival of Storm Francis on Tuesday.

"A deep area of low pressure will bring heavy rain and the risk of severe gales in places during Tuesday and Wednesday," a Met Office spokesperson warned Monday afternoon. Scientists link the current climate crisis to more frequent and more intense storms and flooding in the UK and countries around the world as the planet heats up. "Within the scientific community it's a relatively well-accepted fact that as global temperatures increase, extreme precipitation (rainfall) will very likely increase as well," Joao Teixeira, co-director of the Center for Climate Sciences at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, said earlier this year. A deluge of rain over Kingston has caused multiple roads to close due to flooding. While the rest of the city were enjoying sporadic sunshine with a little rain, Kingston was being swamped this afternoon (Monday, August 24).

Kingston Road is blocked in both directions after flooding near the railway bridge in the New Malden area. Kingston Road and Richmond Road are also affected near Kingston Station. This has all been made worse by traffic already on diversion from earlier flooding at the New Malden Underpass. Other points of flooding include roads around The Bentall Centre although traffic seems to be coping well. Multiple bus routes are on diversion. London Fire Brigade and Metropolitan Police have been contacted for more information. Are you at the scene? Did you take some pictures of the flooding? Please get in touch at [email protected] Follow our live blog below for updates as they come in.