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Flats evacuated after burst pipe floods Primrose Hill street

Firefighter standing in floodwater Image copyright London Fire Brigade
Image caption Fire crews were initially called at 05:30 BST

A street in north London was left underwater after a water pipe burst in the early hours.

The water reached one metre deep on Avenue Road in Primrose Hill.

The basement and ground floor of one building flooded and about 50 residents were evacuated from a block of flats.

Thames Water said it had stemmed the flow of water and the excess water was draining away. It will then clean the road before working out how to best fix the pipe.

Fire station manager Matt Burrows said sandbags were laid down to protect as many properties as possible.

"Avenue Road is a long residential street and is used as a bit of a thoroughfare [and] this is causing quite bit of disruption, so avoid the area if you can," he said.

Image copyright London Fire Brigade
Image caption About 50 residents were evacuated from their homes
Image copyright Thames Water
Image caption Thames Water has now stemmed the flow of water

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