Rainham experienced heavy flooding Saturday night through to Sunday Monday morning as thunderstorms and heavy rain hit Havering. Roads across south Hornchurch were closed as firemen struggled to deal with the high level of water building.
Sandbags ran out and local residents found themselves dealing with unprecedented levels of water in their homes.
Daniel Beale who lives on the Orchard Village estate told the Havering Daily: “It started just before 11pm on Saturday, we could hear fire engine after fire engine being called. People were out on the street in total shock looking at the rain just building across their road like a river.
“We are not talking about a little bit of rain but a very heavy downpour. In Briscoe Road, the water level was halfway up the cars. Along Brook Road, the water was going through people’s letterboxes.
“Police had to close some of the roads off as cars driving down the roads were causing a wave of water. I have never experienced anything like this before. There were so many distraught families it was heartbreaking to see.”
Labour activist Fay Hough told the Havering Daily: “As a Rainham resident I watched the flooding unfold throughout the night.The path outside my house was flooded completely and the water reached up to my shins. Residents were panicking as they watched roads such as Stirling Way and Brookway fill up with water.
“The South Havering Labour Action team worked alongside Jon Cruddas MP immediately to contact the council and reassure residents. The action team are urging residents in need of support to contact Jon Cruddas MP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Havering’s Leader of the Council Councillor Damian White told the Havering Daily: “My thoughts go to the residents in the south of the borough. Council officers have been working in the area to support residents as much as possible. Anything the council can do to help residents in the area please let us know. “
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