East London’s Whipps Cross and Newham hospitals are facing operational issues after floods hit their emergency departments on Sunday.
Patients are being urged to avoid the two hospitals attend neighboring ones in the case of an emergency. Meanwhile, ambulances are being diverted to nearby hospitals to ensure the safety of patients.
Describing the devastating impact of the floods in London Resident Chris Date said: “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.
“Having been born and raised in London, I have never seen anything quite like it,” he said.
This morning, the A&E department at Newham Hospital remained closed, with guards directing people away. However, some parts of the hospital like the maternity unit have not been affected by the floods.
The hospital has taken to Twitter to urge people to stay away.
“We’re still here if you need us but to help us while we fix things, please attend a neighboring hospital if possible,” Newham Hospital tweeted.
In a similar statement, Whipps Cross hospital in Leytonstone said it was experiencing “operational issues due to the heavy rainfall”.
One lady said her neighbor`s bedroom was flooded and her son had to help out. In just a few hours, London Fire Brigade said they had received nearly three hundred flooding-related calls.
The Environment Agency has issued six flood warnings or two areas in London, near Beverley Brook at West Barnes and Worcester Park. Further warnings are also said to be in place in other areas.
Everyone is encouraged to stay at home and avoid traveling in these hazardous conditions.