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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 Newhamhospitals 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”.

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.”

The makeshift defence created by residents in Woodford to protect their homes from floodwaterIMAGE COPYRIGHTMARIYA PEEVA
image captionThe 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 rainIMAGE COPYRIGHTPA MEDIA
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 LondonIMAGE COPYRIGHTPA MEDIA
image captionA cyclist rides through flood water in Horse Guards Road in central London
Nine Elms floodedIMAGE COPYRIGHTGETTY IMAGES
image captionBuses and cars were left stranded when roads across London flooded on Sunday

Resident Chris Date tweeted a photo of a bus in Bakers Arms, Walthamstow, saying the flood water was “above the kerb”.

“It’s impossible to walk on the pavement. To get on that bus the water came up to my shins. This is a canal, not a road,” he said.

Cyclist Eddie Elliott, 28, said he had passed the area near Queenstown Road station in Battersea to find the road “totally shut down”.

“Having been born and raised in London, I have never seen anything quite like it,” he said.

Mr Elliott said the flooding was the worst he had experienced in the city, and described seeing “buses stood broken down in the water”.

flooding at Bakers Arms, WalthamstowIMAGE COPYRIGHTCHRIS DATE
image caption“This is a canal, not a road,” said Chris Date
A woman wades through a flooded path in St James's Park in central LondonIMAGE COPYRIGHTPA MEDIA
image captionA woman wades through a flooded path in St James’s Park in central London
A motorcyclist drives through deep water on a flooded road in The Nine Elms district of LondonIMAGE COPYRIGHTGETTY IMAGES
image captionA motorcyclist drives through deep water on a flooded road in The Nine Elms district of London

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