Weather continues to cause misery in London and the South East

Streatham Guardian: People and pets have been rescued from their flooded homes in Leatherhead People and pets have been rescued from their flooded homes in Leatherhead

Heavy rain and strong winds are continuing to cause misery to residents in south west London and Surrey.

Christmas dinners went uncooked in Carshalton after families were hit by power cuts, people and pets have had to be rescued from their flooded homes in Leatherhead this morning after the River Mole burst its banks and there are currently no train services to West Croydon.

Journeys are still being disrupted and there are no direct services between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport due to a landslip in the Ockley area.

Flooding on the railway lines means there are also no services between West Croydon and Sutton, with the stops between the two stations not being served.

Passengers are advised to use the tram service to West Croydon and then use buses to Sutton. Tickets for Southern Rail are being accepted on London Underground between London Bridge and Victoria, on London Tramlink between East Croydon and Wimbledon and on South West Trains between Waterloo and Clapham and Wimbledon.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning of rain for London and South East England indicating 'severe or hazardous weather' and earlier today the Environment Agency (EA) issued 41 flood warnings and 137 flood alerts.

The EA said: "It is possible that heavy rain may worsen the current flooding situation in some areas with rivers responding quickly to rain falling on already saturated ground."

This is the second time this week that storms have battered Britain. There was Christmas Eve travel chaos for millions after disruption was caused to road, rail, air and sea passengers.

Hundreds of passengers travelling through Coulsdon were stranded for almost three hours after their train hit a landslide between Coulsdon South and Merstham station on Tuesday morning.

Over 120 trees were blown down in Epsom leading to a number of road closures across Surrey.

People are advised to check before they travel and to expect delays and disruption ahead of a windy afternoon of sunshine and the odd showers.

Many places in London and South East England will stay dry this afternoon, with any showers that come expected to move through quickly.

Most places will have a dry night with clear periods and winds are expected to ease during the night.

However, it will become quite cold with a frost forming on the ground ahead of sunshine on Saturday.

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