PICTURES: Flooding and fallen trees across News Shopper patch after storm

This Is Local London: An underpass in Frognal Corner, Sidcup. An underpass in Frognal Corner, Sidcup.

EXTENSIVE flooding and a huge number of fallen trees are causing chaos across the News Shopper patch this morning.

Last night gale force winds and torrential rain swept across south east London and Kent, leaving many areas worse for wear.

In Magpie Hall Lane, Bromley, around 40 houses have been flooded after the river Ravensbourne, next to St Luke’s cemetery, burst.

And Kipling Road, Bexleyheath, was flooded overnight for the second time in months.

Elaine Corbyn, 53, said: "I told the council I’m going to and buy some ducks.

"There’s a lot of elderly people on this road who’ve been affected by it.

"My daughter’s just pulled up and the water’s halfway up her car wheel."

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Photo: Elaine Corbyn

Meanwhile the picture below shows the scene near the entrance to Nuffield Health Fitness and Wellbeing Centre in Bromley, close to Hayes Lane:

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Underpasses in Crittals Corner and Frognal Corner, both in Sidcup, are also completely flooded:

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Crittals Corner. Photo: Martin Peaple.

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Frognal Corner. Photo: Martin Peaple

This wall around the back of some shops in Hollytree Parade, Sidcup, was flattened last night: 

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A number of people have tweeted pictures of fallen trees, with this chestnut tree in Queensmead Recreation Ground in Glassmill Lane, Bromley, badly damaged:

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Photo: @schmoodub

Funda Ozmus added: "Absolute storm carnage in Bromley" alongside the following photograph:

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Photo: @FundaOzmus.

This unfortunate tree was photographed in St Kilda Road, Bromley, this morning:

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Photo: Barrie Duffield

And Dhillons newsagents in King Street, Gravesend, are still open despite losing their sign to the wind:

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Photo: @GravesendTCM 

A London Fire Brigade spokeswoman said: "It has been an extremely busy night for our firefighters and 999 control staff.

"Between 8pm on Monday evening and 7am on Christmas Eve, London Fire Brigade received 853 calls.

"This  compares with 159 calls for the same period 24 hours earlier.

"Crews have been working incredibly hard throughout the night, mainly attending flooding incidents and fallen trees, as well as being called to structures such as windows, roof tiles and signs which have been left in a precarious position by the high winds.

"Thankfully though, so far, we have had no reports of any injuries."

"Although crews were called out all across the capital, many of the incidents attended by firefighters were to addresses in the south east and south west of London – with areas such as Bromley, Orpington, Beckenham and Sidcup particularly badly affected."

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12:08pm Tue 24 Dec 13

illhavemysay says...

all this rain and still they are desperate to put us all on water meters...once we are all on a meter the price of a pint of water will shoot up, its all about money and greed on their part not our green and pleasant 1st world county where we pay top money for everything...the government should at least keep water cheap and off meters
all this rain and still they are desperate to put us all on water meters...once we are all on a meter the price of a pint of water will shoot up, its all about money and greed on their part not our green and pleasant 1st world county where we pay top money for everything...the government should at least keep water cheap and off meters illhavemysay

12:14pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Bob Downondiss says...

The good news is that the rain will damp down the fire at the dump at Crittals Corner. ( well for a couple of hours )
The good news is that the rain will damp down the fire at the dump at Crittals Corner. ( well for a couple of hours ) Bob Downondiss

12:52pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Lewisham62 says...

Gravesend does look better after the storm.
Gravesend does look better after the storm. Lewisham62

4:59pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Petras says...

illhavemysay wrote:
all this rain and still they are desperate to put us all on water meters...once we are all on a meter the price of a pint of water will shoot up, its all about money and greed on their part not our green and pleasant 1st world county where we pay top money for everything...the government should at least keep water cheap and off meters
What utter crap. Water meters are sensible and fair. Those who use most pay most.
[quote][p][bold]illhavemysay[/bold] wrote: all this rain and still they are desperate to put us all on water meters...once we are all on a meter the price of a pint of water will shoot up, its all about money and greed on their part not our green and pleasant 1st world county where we pay top money for everything...the government should at least keep water cheap and off meters[/p][/quote]What utter crap. Water meters are sensible and fair. Those who use most pay most. Petras

6:15pm Tue 24 Dec 13

The Fozziest of Bears says...

Petras wrote:
illhavemysay wrote:
all this rain and still they are desperate to put us all on water meters...once we are all on a meter the price of a pint of water will shoot up, its all about money and greed on their part not our green and pleasant 1st world county where we pay top money for everything...the government should at least keep water cheap and off meters
What utter crap. Water meters are sensible and fair. Those who use most pay most.
Yes, they pay most......... to the French and German companies that own them and pretty much charge what they like !
[quote][p][bold]Petras[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]illhavemysay[/bold] wrote: all this rain and still they are desperate to put us all on water meters...once we are all on a meter the price of a pint of water will shoot up, its all about money and greed on their part not our green and pleasant 1st world county where we pay top money for everything...the government should at least keep water cheap and off meters[/p][/quote]What utter crap. Water meters are sensible and fair. Those who use most pay most.[/p][/quote]Yes, they pay most......... to the French and German companies that own them and pretty much charge what they like ! The Fozziest of Bears

9:28pm Wed 25 Dec 13

white rabbit9 says...

I hope ethiopia is having an appeal for us.
I hope ethiopia is having an appeal for us. white rabbit9

12:11pm Thu 26 Dec 13

Techvedic says...

It was acceptable had the people who are atheist, who don' t accept God's regime faced it alone . But why who are dear to the almighty are enduring it?
It was acceptable had the people who are atheist, who don' t accept God's regime faced it alone . But why who are dear to the almighty are enduring it? Techvedic

12:04am Sat 28 Dec 13

molsey says...

white rabbit9 wrote:
I hope ethiopia is having an appeal for us.
I blame the government and the bankers, and possibly the police.
[quote][p][bold]white rabbit9[/bold] wrote: I hope ethiopia is having an appeal for us.[/p][/quote]I blame the government and the bankers, and possibly the police. molsey

3:34pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Bestbaz says...

2013 years ago, God sent us a man that could walk on water, this year he just sent us the water
2013 years ago, God sent us a man that could walk on water, this year he just sent us the water Bestbaz

10:15am Mon 30 Dec 13

jeff onions says...

in a few days time the romanian an bulgarian will arrive on masse to our country wouldnt it be a good gesture for them to volunteer to clear up the damage from the storms if they are looking for work
in a few days time the romanian an bulgarian will arrive on masse to our country wouldnt it be a good gesture for them to volunteer to clear up the damage from the storms if they are looking for work jeff onions

2:46pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Hello_Mate says...

Techvedic wrote:
It was acceptable had the people who are atheist, who don' t accept God's regime faced it alone . But why who are dear to the almighty are enduring it?
These things are sent to try us, what would life be without trials? boring
[quote][p][bold]Techvedic[/bold] wrote: It was acceptable had the people who are atheist, who don' t accept God's regime faced it alone . But why who are dear to the almighty are enduring it?[/p][/quote]These things are sent to try us, what would life be without trials? boring Hello_Mate

10:30pm Wed 1 Jan 14

ex sidcup res says...

I can fully understand your concerns about installing water meters in your area. We moved from Sidcup to west Sussex in 1996, and like you were very worried about the expensive water bills as we had never had meters before, but in actual fact we were pleasantly surprised to find that in actual fact we were saving money. And we were a family of four at the time, and very worried. I think you just have to be more aware of the amount of water you are using and to educate your self, and ask your self do I really need to use this much water? and the answer is usually, no you don't. Don't worry it will be fine, its just a case of the unknown but take it from me we were ok, and money was extremely tight for us at that time. Good luck....
I can fully understand your concerns about installing water meters in your area. We moved from Sidcup to west Sussex in 1996, and like you were very worried about the expensive water bills as we had never had meters before, but in actual fact we were pleasantly surprised to find that in actual fact we were saving money. And we were a family of four at the time, and very worried. I think you just have to be more aware of the amount of water you are using and to educate your self, and ask your self do I really need to use this much water? and the answer is usually, no you don't. Don't worry it will be fine, its just a case of the unknown but take it from me we were ok, and money was extremely tight for us at that time. Good luck.... ex sidcup res

7:54pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Harold_Monk says...

That last picture - utter carnage!
That last picture - utter carnage! Harold_Monk

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