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Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 April, 2004, 11:04 GMT 12:04 UK
London hit by freak thunderstorms
Stranded car in Croxted Road, Tulse Hill
Cars in some parts of south-east London were marooned
Hundreds of people in London have been affected by flooding caused by freak thunderstorms.

Areas in south-east London bore the brunt of the torrential rains on Tuesday evening. More rain is predicted in London on Wednesday.

In Dulwich cars were marooned in flooded roads and a number of streets are closed in the Streatham Hill and Brixton areas.

Lightning struck a house in Stanmore, north-west London, causing a fire.

Kings Cross station's Thameslink tunnel was closed and train services across London have been affected.

The London Fire Brigade reported taking hundreds of flooding-related calls within just an hour and said they were still coming in "thick and fast".

A Dulwich resident said: "The depth of the water on some of the roads was more than 1ft. On some cars, water was even lapping as high as the windscreen."

Kent Fire and Rescue Service also received hundreds of flooding calls as they helped to deal with the situation in London.

Lambeth councillor Jim Dickson said: "This flooding has happened every couple of years for the last ten years or so.

"I have been asking the council to make sure they clean the gullies, so when the water comes off the park it doesn't then 'back flow' up into Dulwich Road and into people's basements."

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police has asked people to stay off the roads if possible and to take extra care if not.

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