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Women rescued from car in north-west London flash floods

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Media captionCars were abandoned outside Ruislip Manor Station. Credit: David Green

Two women have been rescued from a car stranded in flash flooding in north-west London.

The car became immobile outside South Ruislip Station during heavy rain. London Fire Brigade (LFB) said it also dealt with two stranded cars on Eastcote Road in Harrow.

About 20 properties were also flooded on Bedford Road in Ruislip.

The A40 Western Avenue in Uxbridge remains closed because of flooding, according to BBC Travel.

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Image caption One car was abandoned while other drivers carried out U-turns to avoid the impassable A40

Transport for London said the road would remain closed until Tuesday morning.

Chief operating officer for surface transport, Garrett Emmerson, said: "The A40 remains closed in both directions between Swakeleys Roundabout and Hillingdon Circus.

"Contractors are on site pumping the flood waters away and we are working hard to reopen the road as soon as possible. We are sorry for any inconvenience this is causing to people's journeys."

LFB said it started receiving emergency calls in relation to the floods from about 08:00 BST, but the majority of flood-related incidents had been dealt with by about 10:30.

It said crews were involved in laying sandbags where properties had flooded and on Northolt Road in Harrow it was estimated there was about 1ft (30cm) of water.

"We are attending a number of calls to flooding in Ruislip, Hillingdon and Northolt after heavy rain this morning," LFB said.

Albert Chau, from Ickenham, saw the flooded A40 as he walked from Hillingdon station.

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Image caption Souvik Das said part of Ruislip had turned into a "new lido".

"I saw a few cars were trying to get through it. This one car got stuck completely. The driver looked like he'd just got out of it and abandoned it," he said.

"The cars driving to London had to do a U-turn."

Jamie Davis, 17, of Ickenham, west London, said his garden had been flooded.

He said: "Around 9 there were torrential downpours with flashing lightning and strong sounds of thunder. It lasted for 45 minutes to an hour.

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Image caption Parts of Ickenham flooded following a storm which lasted about 45 minutes

"The road flooded in about 45 minutes. My back garden is completely flooded. The drains are bubbling up and we can't flush the toilet."

BBC London weather presenter Kate Kinsella said: "About 46.2mm of rain fell in two hours in Northolt this morning. Surrey and Sussex still getting a lashing. Beware of flash flooding."

Souvik Das from Ruislip tweeted: "I would avoid Ruislip manor station area at all costs. Ruislip has a new lido #rain #flooding #ruislipmanor #ruislip."

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