Heavy rains have turned the streets of London into raging streams. Basements, cars, toilets and shops – the city is under water. Experts fear they have found the cause. There is no climate change.
Heavy rain lashed Britain on Monday, flooding many streets and homes. British media reported that the British capital London should have received more than seven centimeters of rain within 90 minutes.
Due to the sudden rain, many streets and houses were flooded. Cellars were flooded, especially in the western parts of London, and some drivers had to leave their vehicles on roads that had turned into overflowing creeks. Portobello Road in Notting Hill district, popular with tourists, looked like a raging river.
“Super Basement” as a Possible Cause
For the area south of the District of Westminster, officials declared a yellow danger level. Several houses and shops were flooded, toilets were flooded and in isolated cases, roofs collapsed, DailyMail reported.
Mary Dhonau, an expert in flood protection, believes that it is not only climate change and related extreme weather conditions that cause such severe floods. So-called “super basements” could also favor flooding, Dhonou told “DailyMail.” They will be specially built in more affluent neighborhoods to make the most of the land.
Rain water is no longer able to go back into the ground properly and thus mixes into the groundwater. “North Kensington is a prime example of land that used to soak up water and is now being used for super-sellers,” says Dhonau.
More rain is expected in the London area on Tuesday as well.