Floods inescapable as Bromley borough hit by persistent rain and rising groundwater

Sparrows Den, West Wickham, is submerged

There won't be any rugby played on here for a while

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BROMLEY borough hasn’t escaped the deluge of flooding this month as residents find their properties at risk, rugby pitches submerged and train stations inaccessible.

Hazel Young, of Silver Lane, saw Sparrows Den in West Wickham was more a pond than a playing field at the weekend after persistent rain and rising water levels.

The quality assessor said the wind caused her to struggle to stand while taking photos on Saturday – though mentioned how thankful she was to live on a hill.

She said: “It’s unbelievable – you feel so sorry for the people affected. You just don’t know how long it’s going to take to get back to some form of normality.

“When you see the pictures it’s just horrible. We’re lucky we live quite high up here.”

The 58-year-old explained the area’s often been hit and said past work looked to tackle the issues, but “exceptional weather” has caused Sparrows Den to again suffer.

Jo Johnson MP waded into the misery at the weekend, visiting flooded Borkwood Court in Orpington alongside a council member to see how residents there are coping with the results of rising groundwater.

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Last week Guy Marshall, 44, described how water was “coming out of the walls” and added faeces was seen floating in the courtyard.

MP Johnson said: “This is a worrying situation for those affected and I'm pleased that Bromley Council is taking swift action across the board to help people suffering from the floods and extreme weather.”

Cllr Colin Smith, Deputy Leader of Bromley Council, said the council will provide sandbags in “emergency situations”. The authority also sent an additional pump to help combat the crisis.

Beckenham's also been affected by flooding, with New Beckenham station’s underpass seen murkier than usual this month.

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Ian Synge, 41, from Blakeney Road, said commuters had their travel disrupted as a result of the conditions and noted: “When it gets to waist deep you have to ask questions.”

The London Assembly today, February 17, passed a motion urging the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, to “prioritise funding” to help cut the risk of further flooding.

Got flooding photos? Send them to joshua.barrie@london.newsquest.co.uk 

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