Why was London hit so badly by flooding?

As a huge clean-up begins following a night of flooding in parts of London, people are wondering how one of the world’s leading cities can be hit so badly by rainfall. Evening Standard reporter Rachael Burford’s been looking at that for the newspaper and tells the podcast there are “numerous” reasons behind it.

London Fire Brigade had taken more than 1,000 calls by the early hours of Monday morning following the torrential rain and thunderstorms. Barts Health, London’s largest health trust, declared a major incident after water flooded the basement at Whipps Cross Hospital, causing damage to the electrical system. Newham Hospital was also affected. Parts of the Central Line in east London were suspended on Monday morning as engineers worked to repair damage caused by the weather.

The Prime Minister’s released a statement saying his “thoughts are with everyone affected by the flooding” 


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