King Street Flood, Hammersmith

Incident

On Friday the 26 January at 2014hrs, fire crews and rescue units from across London attended a significant burst water main on King Street, Hammersmith, W6.

An area of around 650 metres by 100 metres flooded to varying depths of up to 500mm. Properties in the area were affected as crews pumped the water away, Thames Water arrived shortly afterwards and began investigating.

Although the surface water was cleared by Saturday at 0200hrs, due to the size and location of the burst pipe and the damage caused, King Street was closed over the weekend and has had a devastating impact on some local businesses.

King Street remained closed to traffic from Studland Street to Goldhawk Road for the following week to enable extensive repairs to be conducted. Ravenscourt Park tube station quickly reopened, however buses and traffic remained on diversion causing a noticeable increase in congestion and impacted business deliveries.

As the local community was adjusting to these events, 3 days later and less than a mile away another flood hit businesses and residents around Goldhawk Road. Hammersmith also experienced similar levels of flooding around Beadon Rd in 2016.

Unfortunately, the threat of flooding remains a reality in the capital due to the pressures applied by an ever-increasing urban populace on its ageing water infrastructure and over stretched resources.

Although these incidents were caused by a burst water main, flooding from other sources continue to pose a threat. Despite being firmly protected by the Thames Barrier, Hammersmith and Fulham still remains the London borough most vulnerable to flooding, according to data from environmental consultancy firm, Groundsure.

Reducing the impact of flooding

– In the event of your business flooding, you must notify Thames Water immediately and contact your landlord/insurance company without delay.

– Guidance from the Environment Agency can be found on the go.uk website.

– The HammersmithLondon BID Business Continuity Plan enables Hammersmith businesses prepare to safeguard their personnel and assets against any event that could negatively impact operations. It aids businesses to function in the event of a major blow to their company infrastructure (flood, fire, building collapse, terrorism etc)

– Due to inefficiencies identified within the use of sandbags, businesses are strongly encouraged to invest in purpose-made flood protection products such as flood boards, non-return valves for plumbing and air-brick covers.

To find out more on how HammersmithLondon BID are supporting Business Resilience and Emergency Planning or guidance on how we can assist you with our Business Continuity Plan, please contact our Operations Manager,  Gordon Brockie on T 020 3362 4626