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Flooding in Stoke Newington

Hackney Council is continuing to provide assistance to the emergency services and Thames Water as they deal with the effects of the severe flooding in Northwold Road, Stoke Newington, which was caused by a burst water main yesterday (Sunday 11 December).

Dozens of homes and businesses were evacuated by the London Fire Brigade, and residents assisted by Thames Water, which has the primary duty of care. However, we supported police to ensure the safety of a number of residents. The utility company has had a contact van and staff on site since yesterday, where accommodation, help and advice was and continues to be offered. In addition, the Council yesterday made Stoke Newington Town Hall, in Church Street, available to anyone seeking emergency shelter.

We provided floodsax (sandbag equivalent) to the fire service, which were used to create a safe walkway, enabling residents of Gibson Gardens and Abney Park Court, and the nearby shops, to access to their properties.

The leak has now been stopped and the Council has cleared the roads and paths of mud and debris. Cleaning teams will remain in the area as Thames Water begins its repair work.

Northwold Road at the junction of Stoke Newington High Street, which is a Transport for London-controlled red route, remains closed to traffic, and will likely remain so over the Christmas period; motorists should find alternative routes. Bus diversions are in place.