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Two London hospitals have asked patients to stay away after their emergency departments were hit by flooding on Sunday.

East London’s Whipps Cross and Newham hospitals urged patients to use other A&Es for urgent care, and ambulances are being redirected.

Torrential rain has caused severe flooding in homes, roads and stations.

The London fire brigade said it had taken about 300 flooding-related calls in the space of a few hours.

Vehicles became stranded, and officials warned people not to travel in the hazardous conditions.

Many of the capital’s roads closed due to the flooding, including the Blackwall Tunnel, the A12 and parts of the North Circular.

On Twitter, Newham Hospital said: “We’re still here if you need us but to help us while we fix things, please attend a neighbouring hospital if possible.”

Whipps Cross hospital in Leytonstone issued a similar appeal, saying it was experiencing “operational issues due to the heavy rainfall”.

The makeshift defence created by residents in Woodford to protect their homes from floodwater
Two young women shelter under an umbrella in Parliament Square in central London amid heavy rain
image captionTwo young women shelter under an umbrella in Parliament Square in central London
A cyclist rides through flood water in Horse Guards Road in central London
image captionA cyclist rides through flood water in Horse Guards Road in central London

St James’s Park in London saw 41.6mm (1.6in) of rain on Sunday, making it the wettest part of the country.

Residents on a street in Woodford, in east London, grabbed buckets, brooms and wooden boards to prevent rising rainwater from flooding their homes.

Restaurant manager Mariya Peeva said her neighbour’s bedroom was flooded and that her son helped others to protect their homes from the flooding.

Ms Peeva, 46, told the PA news agency: “My son went to buy some food from the local shop – by the time he came back the whole street and the pavement were already flooded and the water was coming into our front door.”

Source: BBC