Flood makes underground car park's floor rise and crush cars into ceiling
Published 09/10/2016 | 16:16
A number of cars were crushed when an underground car park was deluged with water on Sunday morning.
Some vehicles' roofs crumpled after polystyrene insulation under the car park floor appeared to swell, forcing them into the concrete ceiling above.
The floodwater was caused by a burst pipe and was several feet high in the newly built car park, which is below a residential block of flats in Crayford, south-east London.
Residents were reportedly warned that if any of the cars were removed too hastily it could result in a gas explosion.
One owner was told her car was written off as a result of the damage.
The flooding caused considerable travel disruption after filling the road near Townhall Square, and it left a number of homes without water.
Sadia Farzana Chitra, 42, left her black Ford Fusion in one of the affected parking spaces on Saturday, and returned to find it ruined.
Between 12 and 16 cars are said to have been damaged.
The mother of two told the Press Association: "My car is crushed, the roof is gone, the ground has come up.
" I had another of my neighbours with me and her car was okay, but we were told we cannot move it because there is a possibility with the pressure of the car there could be a blast because of the gas inside, or something. It can blow up the whole building."
She added: "The problem is who to contact. Someone has said the car insurance might not cover it because it didn't happen from the driver him or herself. We are in really, really bad shape."
London Fire Brigade said it was called to reports of the flooded roads at 3.21am, after a 24 inch water pipe burst.
Footage of the main road showed a nearby retail park submerged in water.
A spokesman for Gallions Housing Association told the Evening Standard: "We have been on-site throughout the day assisting Thames Water, the fire brigade and the police following the burst water main in Crayford town centre.
"All Gallions residents are safe, have clean water and there has been no water ingress into anyone's home.
"Water has damaged some people's cars in the car park in the basement, and Thames Water have advised that they will have officers based at the library tomorrow to get all of the details from those affected."