Huge swathe of south London left without water as pipe bursts in 27C heat

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A burst pipe left a huge swathe of south London without water as temperatures soared to 27C in the capital.

The damaged main in Bromley Common left hundreds of homes across the borough and neighbouring Croydon without water.

Disgruntled residents took to social media to voice their concerns with many claiming “vulnerable” elderly people and babies would be left dehydrated.

Students at schools including Coopers Secondary School were forced to close.

Images posted on Twitter showed empty shelves in supermarkets after people rushed to buy bottled water.

One user wrote: “STILL no water in BR7. I understand that it takes time to build up. Where’s the emergency bottled water supplies?!”

Another added on Facebook: “I had to go and buy bottled water for my babies’ bottles.”

One person wrote on Twitter: “Have little kids and there is not a drop of water, supermarket water has been sold out.”

Dramatic images showed deluges building on a busy junction which was sealed off by police for hours.

Videos posted by amused onlookers also showed revellers making the most of the flood by paddling in the water.

A statement posted on Thames Water’s website just before 9pm read: “We’ve isolated the source of a burst water pipe on Bromley Common which caused loss of water supply to the area since lunchtime. You should start to see the water returning over the next couple of hours. Some customers are already telling us that they are back in supply.”

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