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Bayswater properties flooded as water main bursts

Up to 30 homes and businesses in west London were evacuated when they were flooded by a burst water main.

About 30 people were moved to safety when the pipe ruptured in Porchester Gardens, Bayswater, on Monday morning.

Water flowed into two electrical substation basements and the basement of Whiteleys shopping centre as well as a number of residential properties.

Thames Water said the pipe burst at 09:30 BST, flooding the road and 30 buildings.

'Cars submerged'

About 70 properties also experienced low water pressure.

A Thames Water statement said: "We are currently working to fix a major, 24-inch water main that burst this morning.

"The water is no longer leaking and we are working hard to get the pipe repaired as quickly as we can. However due to its size, this could take up to a week."

Around 30 firefighters were called to the area and helped move people in the affected buildings to safety.

Station Manager Bill Dunn said: "A number of cars parked in the shopping centre's basement car park have been partly submerged and fire crews are using sandbags to limit the damage caused."

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