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Fears of a poonami as London streets overflow with conspicuously brown water

Posted at 1:15 pm, February 28, 2014 in News
Water main bursts in Kennington ©GeneralBoles

We’ve all had crap journeys home but Londoners travelling  through Kennington last night endured an extra-shitty commute, when a burst water main flooded the surrounding neighbourhood in a suspiciously brown liquid.

Though initial reports suggested the tide of brown was raw sewage, Thames Water later confirmed that the localised flooding was in fact the result of a burst water main, with mud and silt combining to give the water its alarming pigment. With up to four inches of filth cascading down Clapham Road, where the average house costs around £800,000, angry residents bombarded Thames Water and Metropolitan Police with phone calls complaining that their Persian rugs were now ruined, RUINED! Well not really, but it’s probably not too far from the truth.

One of the first on the scene was ‘visual journalist’ Lewis Whyld who tweeted a series of photographs depicting what some locals were already calling a ‘poonami’ and naturally he created the hashtag #londonpoo. Naturally.




Repairs are expected to take a few days as firefighters work to find a way to remove the sludge. Hari Sethi

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