Half Moon Lane news: Oxfam Donation Day on 7th Sept; stalls at the market

Update (1st September 2013)

Oxfam Donation Day

Latest from Oxfam (20 Half Moon Lane):  Our shop will not be able to open until the end of November at the earliest because of the flooding. Sadly we lost everything as it was all stored in the cellar whilst the planned refurbishment happened. So this Saturday (7th of September) from about 10 am to 3 pm, we shall be outside the shop to accept selected donations ( clothing, china, books and music) and talk to people. Please come and visit us. We’ll be doing this on selected weekends until we can open again. Please don’t leave donations outside of the shop when we are not there as the builders cannot take them in and we can’t use them. Check our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates: https://en-gb.facebook.com/pages/Oxfam-Herne-Hill/206098266133935 https://twitter.com/OxfamHerneHill Many thanks for your help and support.   From Oxfam Herne Hill standard shop
Oxfam at the Herne Hill Market 1st Sept (photo: S Badman)
Oxfam at the Herne Hill Market 1st Sept (photo: S Badman)

Update (30 August 2013)

Half Moon Lane and Herne Hill are open for business.

See earlier reports and photos about the Herne Hill Flood:  Report #1   Report #2   Report #3  Report #4   Report#5 – includes the list of traders.

We’ve heard some excellent news.  Number22 will be selling paella at the Herne Hill Market on Sunday; Oxfam will be running a bookstall and Tales on Moon Lane will have a stall at the market as well.

Tales on Moon Lane at Herne Hill Market 1st Sept 2013 (photo: S Badman)
Tales on Moon Lane at Herne Hill Market 1st Sept 2013 (photo: S Badman)

Letter from Oxfam about their Half Moon shops (30 August 2013)

Oxfam has written to its donors

Oxfam bookshop (Photo: Oxfam)

Oxfam bookshop (Photo: Oxfam)

On Monday 26 August you will have received an email about our newly fitted Herne Hill shop.

Sadly both Oxfam shops in Herne Hill have been severely flooded due to a burst water main in Half Moon Lane. Most of the stock has been destroyed by the flood water and the shop team will now have to rebuild their donated stock from scratch.

The shop will be closed from now until nearer Christmas but we will keep you posted on its progress.

We will need your help in getting the shop back on its feet again. When the shop is up and running we will let you know and the Herne Hill team will welcome all of your donations.

Please keep your eye out for the Bookshop at the Herne Hill Sunday Market. We aim to set up a temporary stall there most weekends in light of the recent floods.

For up to date information on how the repair is progressing, keep in touch with us:

Facebook: Oxfam Herne Hill
Twitter: @OxfamHerneHill

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
With best wishes

Oxfam Shop Team

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Finally here is a lovely article by Lawrence Rouillier White about the Herne Hill shops http://dulwichonview.org.uk/2013/08/30/saturday-shopping-herne-hill-se24/

Herne Hill – Open for business – Come and enjoy the Sunday Market.

A new highlight to our Sundays is the Herne Hill Farmers’ Market.  It has been running every Sunday from 10 until 4 for just over a year now in the Herne Hill “town square” in front of the station.   It’s my choice of destination for those fallow Sundays when there are no relatives and friends to visit. (Of course, if they are visiting you, then let them tag along!)

Before I go any further I should disclose my association with the market – I sell my artisan pottery there once a fortnight – I hope that does not make me too biased!

A ten minute walk from the centre of Dulwich takes you to a buzzing market street of traders.  There are wonderful fruit and vegetable stalls, butchers and fishmongers.  The street food is good quality and varied – take your pick from curries, pakoras and crepes.  There are cakes as well as ice cream and popcorn.

If eating ‘on the hoof’ is not your thing then The Commercial serves a traditional Sunday lunch while Pullens offers a more European choice.

Craft stalls take a proportion of the space, offering retro clothing from Paul ‘the Suit’, handmade knitware, second-hand objets d’art and collectibles and greetings cards.

It’s worth a look one Sunday morning, lunchtime or afternoon.  

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Herne-Hill-Market/371171629605042

 

 

Herne Hill Flood – Half Moon Lane now OPEN; latest trader news

See earlier reports and photos about the Herne Hill Flood:  Report #1   Report #2   Report #3  Report #4

Report Monday 26th August (8pm) – HALF MOON LANE has reopened to vehicular traffic.

Please display parking permits from Tuesday 27th August when parking enforcement officers will start working in the area.  Initial warning notices will be issued where permits are not displayed until Monday 2 September, when full parking enforcements will resume.

Report on Friday 23rd August (5.30pm)

Thames Water are reporting via a letter to residents Half Moon Lane – 23 August letter to residents  that they hope HML can be reopened to traffic next Tuesday 27th August.  However they have found a new and unconnected piece of work that needs to be done on the mains further down HML, between Winterbrook and Burbage Road.  This will result in temporary traffic lights for a further period of time.    The next public meeting with Thames Water is at 6pm on 4th September 2013 at the Herne Hill Baptist Church.

Current parking restrictions on Stradella Road, Winterbrook Road, Carver Road and Half Moon Lane (up to the junction with Burbage Road) remain suspended until the road reopens.  Please display parking permits from Tuesday 27th August when parking enforcement officers will start working in the area.  Initial warning notices will be issued where permits are not displayed until Monday 2 September, when full parking enforcements will resume.

If you need more information about the road re-opening please contact TW as advised in the letter.

Report on Friday 23rd August (2pm)

Thames Water contractors are progressing with fixing Half Moon Lane.  Tarmacking will start once the final main inspections are complete.

Tarmac being relaid in Half Moon Lane 23rd August
Carriageway in Half Moon Lane 23rd August (S Badman)
Sahara camera inspection of the main 23rd August
Sahara camera inspection of the main 23rd August (Photo: S Badman)

The Sahara team are doing a camera inspection of the water main from outside the Baptist Church up to 123 Half Moon.

Thames Water estimate that the work on repairing the carriageway and pavements will take into early next week.    We will post a notice when the road has reopened.

TRADER UPDATE

The latest on the Half Moon businesses (23rd August 2013) is as follows:

Sainsbury’s – Open for business

Intersport – Open for business

Pizza Express – expecting to reopen soon  http://www.pizzaexpress.com/visit-a-restaurant/restaurant/herne-hill.  Nearest Pizza Express is in Dulwich Village.

McMillan Williams Solicitors – operating as usual

Shah Kazemi Accountants – access via Carver Road

RJ Mitchells Electricals – drying out

BurnetWare estate agents – open for business

BurnetWare Estate Agents open for business 14 August 2013

Photo: BurnetWare Estate Agents open for business 14 August 2013 (S Badman)

Oliver Burn estate agents operating from Clapham Office

Pedders estate agents are operating from other offices

Half Moon Dental Practice – offering an emergency service via Haynes Dental http://www.halfmoondental.com/home%20page.html

Brockwell Park Pharmacy – open for dispensing

Oxfam Main Shop and Book Shop – both nearer to Christmas   “Bookmageddon in the cellar of the bookshop” says Gavin the manager   http://www.oxfam.org.uk/shop/local-shops/oxfam-shop-herne-hill  http://www.oxfam.org.uk/shop/local-shops/oxfam-bookshop-herne-hill   – see report here for Oxfam letter.  Bookstall at Herne Hill Market from Sunday 1st Sept

Duo Dance; open     http://www.duodance.co.uk/

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(Photo: S Badman)

Mary Russell Newsagents: Owner Viral going through drying and insurance process.

Lombok Restaurant: For more info, contact Lombok takeaway at 141 Half Moon Lane 020 7737 7131

Fringe Hair Salon – open for business  http://www.fringehernehill.com/

The Illusioneer (Barrie) – Still without power (21st August 2013); has lost irreplaceable items in the basement flood  http://www.theillusioneer.co.uk/

Merry-Go-Round (Children’s Clothes): Drying and refitting.

Kindred Bakery – open for business     @Kindred_Bakery

Kindred Bakery window art - 23rd Aug (photo: S Badman)
Kindred Bakery window art – 23rd Aug (photo: S Badman)

Tales on Moon Lane – hope to reopen soon, in the meantime please shop online at www.talesonmoonlane.co.uk/shop and visit their stall at the Herne Hill Sunday Market.

Bon Velo – hoping to open a workshop soon @bonveloshop

Artemidorus – http://www.allinlondon.co.uk/directory/1230/57119.php

Number 22 Restaurant – their catering business Casa continues  @No22Restaurant.  Opening a paella stall at the Herne Hill Market from Sunday 1st Sept

Just Williams toys – operating from East Dulwich Branch @Toys_JustWill    0208 299 3444

Mimosa Deli – aiming to reopen beginning of October @mimosa_deli

Fourway Pharmacy report 20th August that they hope to open a temporary dispensary in about 2 weeks @FourwayPharmacy

Londis, Herne Hill  http://supermarket.londis.co.uk/38947-londis-london?utm_source=google&utm_medium=places&utm_campaign=londis_20121206DB-V2

Half Moon pub – says “Rome wasn’t built in a day…. Try our sister pub The Herne” @HalfMoonHerne

Vehicle Service garages – business as usual.

Café Provencal – http://www.cafeprov.co.uk/index.html

Other shops and restaurants are being cleared out for drying and refitting.   Dehumidifiers whirring away.  Flood relief teams and loss adjusters still on hand.

Report: Wednesday 21st August.

Thames Water hosted a meeting for residents and traders on Wednesday 21st August at the Herne Hill Baptist Church, chaired by Colin Bryant, lead engineer and co-ordinator for the Herne Hill incident.   Key points that emerged were:

  • Roads – Thames Water hope to reopen Half Moon Lane fully by early next week not by the 29th as announced in their letter of 20th August.   TW are at the mercy of their suppliers but fortunately supplies of concrete have been secured and the team are working flat out to get the road open as soon as possible.  Tarmacing and road marking should be completed by Monday 26th and TW will then reopen the road.  Southwark have to finish work on a lamppost and a tree but this can be done later and shouldn’t affect the road re-opening.
  • Carver Road and Winterbrook Road are open, but Stradella is not.  Carver Road is exceptionally busy with traffic travelling to and from the centre of Herne Hill.
  • Parking – All parking restrictions on Stradella Road, Winterbrook Road, Carver Road and Half Moon Lane (up to the junction with Burbage Road) remain suspended until Herne Hill is reopened.  However there are no advisory notices so drivers don’t know what is happening.   Enforcement officers are leaving tickets which are then voided.  Machines and the parking telephone number are still working.  Parking tokens are being used up unnecessarily.  Cllr Crookshank-Hilton is taking this up with Parking Enforcement.
  • Forensics and inspections – no response as yet from Forensics on the pipe.  Sonar and other inspections have been conducted along the main.  No reports available as yet.
  • Attendees agreed that Thames Water and Floodcall had done a great job in clearing up and getting the road fixed but the focus was now switching to recovery, loss adjustment and insurance, and more support is needed to help traders with insurance claims and interim payments.
  • Support for traders  – One trader said he still didn’t have power or a meter.  Thames Water confirmed that they have all the trader contact details and will do a new round of checks to ensure everyone is powered up and has all the help they need.
  • Insurance – Traders are uncertain about the best approach to claiming insurance – whether to go through Thames Water or make independent claims.  There was concern that TW’s loss adjuster was not really independent.   There were also worries about interim financial support (to pay staff for example).   Colin Bryant said that Southwark Council are now in discussion with the Federation of Small Businesses to provide a source of independent advice and develop a forum for the traders.   On its website the council says it will work directly with businesses who are suffering particular hardship as a result of the flooding, pending insurance settlements.

“If you have been affected and require further information on how the council can help you, please contact Elaine Gunn at Southwark Council on 0207 525 5479 or at elaine.gunn@southwark.gov.uk who will direct you to appropriate support.”

Herne Hill Flood – Two weeks on. Half Moon Lane re-opening delayed to 29th August. Latest on Traders.

See earlier reports and photos about the Herne Hill Flood:  Report #1   Report #2   Report #3

Thames Water report that the reopening of Half Moon Lane is to be delayed to Thursday 29th August.  See their letter to local residents here…Half Moon 20 August – letter to residents

As you will see in the letter, the road is taking far longer to repair than was expected, but Thames Water hope to be able to reopen it in the latter part of next week if the reinstatement goes well, with 29th August as the projected reopening date.

It was originally planned to replace 20 metres of the road/footpath surface but as a precaution, the contractors drilled some investigation holes beyond the 20 metre section to check that there were no further damage beneath the surface of the road.  The investigation found a further damaged area, so that has extended the section for reinstatement to 30 metres in all.

All of this takes time to reinstate, but the team is working as effectively and efficiently as possible to complete the work and open the road again, both for the businesses and residents alike.

Security guards remain on site for the time being.

All parking restrictions on Stradella Road, Winterbrook Road, Carver Road and Half Moon Lane (up to the junction with Burbage Road) remain suspended until Herne Hill is reopened.

There will be a residents’ meeting with Thames Water at the Herne Hill Baptist Church on Wednesday 21st August at 6pm.  All are welcome to attend.

The latest on the Half Moon businesses (20th August 2013) is as follows:

Sainsbury’s – Open for business

Intersport – Open for business

Pizza Express – expecting to reopen next week  http://www.pizzaexpress.com/visit-a-restaurant/restaurant/herne-hill

McMillan Williams Solicitors – operating as usual

Shah Kazemi Accountants – access via Carver Road

BurnetWare estate agents – open for business

BurnetWare Estate Agents open for business 14 August 2013

Photo: BurnetWare Estate Agents open for business 14 August 2013 (S Badman)

Oliver Burn estate agents operating from Clapham Office

Pedders estate agents are operating from other offices

Half Moon Dental Practice – offering an emergency service via Haynes Dental http://www.halfmoondental.com/home%20page.html

Brockwell Park Pharmacy – open for dispensing

Oxfam Main Shop and Book Shop – both expected to reopen at the end of October.  “Bookmageddon in the cellar of the bookshop” says Gavin the manager   http://www.oxfam.org.uk/shop/local-shops/oxfam-shop-herne-hill  http://www.oxfam.org.uk/shop/local-shops/oxfam-bookshop-herne-hill

Duo Dance; Will be open on Saturday 24th August     http://www.duodance.co.uk/

Mary Russell Newsagents: Owner Viral going through drying and claiming process.

Lombok Restaurant: For more info, contact Lombok takeaway at 141 Half Moon Lane 020 7737 7131

Fringe Hair Salon – open for business  http://www.fringehernehill.com/

The Illusioneer (Barrie) – no news but has lost irreplaceable items in the basement flood  http://www.theillusioneer.co.uk/

Merry-Go-Round (Children’s Clothes): Drying and refitting.

Kindred Bakery – open for business     @Kindred_Bakery

Kindred Bakery - Half Moon Lane - Open as usual  (S Badman)

Photo: Kindred Bakery – Half Moon Lane – Open as usual (S Badman 18/8/13)

Tales on Moon Lane – hope to reopen soon, in the meantime please shop online at www.talesonmoonlane.co.uk/shop

Bon Velo – hoping to open a workshop soon @bonveloshop

Artemidorus – http://www.allinlondon.co.uk/directory/1230/57119.php

Number 22 Restaurant – their catering business Casa continues  @No22Restaurant

Just Williams toys – operating from East Dulwich Branch @Toys_JustWill

Mimosa Deli – aiming to reopen beginning of October @mimosa_deli

Fourway Pharmacy report 20th August that they hope to open a temporary dispensary in about 2 weeks @FourwayPharmacy

Londis, Herne Hill  http://supermarket.londis.co.uk/38947-londis-london?utm_source=google&utm_medium=places&utm_campaign=londis_20121206DB-V2

Half Moon pub – says “Rome wasn’t built in a day…. Try our sister pub The Herne” @HalfMoonHerne

Café Provencal – http://www.cafeprov.co.uk/index.html

Other shops and restaurants are being cleared out for drying and refitting.   Flood relief teams and loss adjusters still on hand.

Further news on http://www.southwark.gov.uk/news/article/1316/herne_hill_flooding-7_august_update  (note website undergoing essential maintenance on 21st August, due to be restored late afternoon) and http://www.thameswater.co.uk

Lambeth –  the shops affected are back in business.   Business as usual.

Herne Hill Velodrome Event – Sunday 25th August 2013, 12-6pm Rollapaluza Keirin

The Herne Hill Velodrome is hosting a Rollapaluza Keirin race meeting next Sunday, 25/8/13, 12-6pm.

This is a special event involving the use of small Derny bikes to pace all the races , prior to their exciting sprint finishes.   Everyone is welcome – entrance to the Velodrome is free.  There will be refreshments and stalls.

It will be an opportunity for residents to see the Phase 2 developments – the new inner track and playing area, and the new lighting system.

More details about Keirin racing and the event plus details of other Velodrome events coming up are at http://www.hernehillvelodrome.com/racing_events/track_racing/super_series/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Herne Hill Flood – Latest news; Carver Road j/w Half Moon Lane reopens; Trader updates 20 August 2013.

You can see the last report here…

Good news – Carver Road j/w Half Moon Lane reopens.

Here is the message from our ward councillors to local residents (From Cllrs Toby Eckersley and Michael Mitchell):

“We attended yesterday one of the regular evening meeting organised by the council and Thames Water, following the flooding in Herne Hill resulting from the bursting of the 36-inch main in the early hours of Wednesday 7 August, near the Stradella Rd junction.  As most will know, the brunt of this incident has been borne by the shops in Half Moon Lane and the residents above them.  We are in the main satisfied that the council and Thames Water are giving appropriate help to them.

This message advises on points of relevance to a wider range of residents:

(1) We were advised at the meeting that Half Moon Lane should fully re-open by Monday 26 August.
(2) To encourage the resumption of trading, efforts will be made to re-open sooner part of the road from the main junction up to Stradella Rd.  The footways are already open on both sides of this stretch. We hope that those who normally use the Half Moon Lane shops will continue to visit and be alert to the re-opening of the shops – at least two are already trading again and the pharmacy is open for dispensing.

(3) Parking restrictions have been temporarily suspended in Stradella Rd, Winterbrook Rd, Carver Rd and Half Moon Lane up to Burbage Rd.   It is expected that the parking situation will revert to normal once Half Moon Lane is re-opened, so car drivers not resident in the CPZ should exercise care if intending to park between noon and 2pm.

(4) The 37 bus is diverting via Herne Hill and Red Post Hill.”

The current status of the Half Moon businesses (20th August 2013) is as follows:

Sainsbury’s – Open for business

Intersport – Open for business

Pizza Express – expecting to reopen next week  http://www.pizzaexpress.com/visit-a-restaurant/restaurant/herne-hill

McMillan Williams Solicitors – operating as usual

Shah Kazemi Accountants – access via Carver Road

BurnetWare estate agents – open for business

BurnetWare Estate Agents open for business 14 August 2013

BurnetWare Estate Agents open for business 14 August 2013 (S Badman)

Oliver Burn estate agents operating from Clapham Office

Pedders estate agents are operating from other offices

Half Moon Dental Practice – offering an emergency service via Haynes Dental http://www.halfmoondental.com/home%20page.html

Brockwell Park Pharmacy – open for dispensing

Oxfam Main Shop and Book Shop – both expected to reopen at the end of October.  “Bookmageddon in the cellar of the bookshop” says Gavin the manager   http://www.oxfam.org.uk/shop/local-shops/oxfam-shop-herne-hill  http://www.oxfam.org.uk/shop/local-shops/oxfam-bookshop-herne-hill

Duo Dance; Will be open on Saturday 24th August     http://www.duodance.co.uk/

Mary Russell Newsagents: Owner Viral going through drying and claiming process.

Lombok Restaurant: For more info, contact Lombok takeaway at 141 Half Moon Lane 020 7737 7131

Fringe Hair Salon – open for business  http://www.fringehernehill.com/

The Illusioneer (Barrie) – no news but has lost irreplaceable items in the basement flood  http://www.theillusioneer.co.uk/

Merry-Go-Round (Children’s Clothes): Drying and refitting.

Kindred Bakery – open for business     @Kindred_Bakery

Kindred Bakery - Half Moon Lane - Open as usual  (S Badman)
Kindred Bakery – Half Moon Lane – Open as usual (S Badman 18/8/13)

Tales on Moon Lane – hope to reopen soon, in the meantime please shop online at www.talesonmoonlane.co.uk/shop

Bon Velo – hoping to open a workshop soon @bonveloshop

Artemidorus – http://www.allinlondon.co.uk/directory/1230/57119.php

Number 22 Restaurant  @No22Restaurant

Just Williams toys – operating from East Dulwich Branch @Toys_JustWill

Mimosa Deli – aiming to reopen beginning of October @mimosa_deli

Fourway Pharmacy reported on 15 August that they were still without power but insurers have approved quote so hopefully access to fusebox can be sorted in the next couple of days. @FourwayPharmacy

Londis, Herne Hill  http://supermarket.londis.co.uk/38947-londis-london?utm_source=google&utm_medium=places&utm_campaign=londis_20121206DB-V2

Half Moon pub – says “Rome wasn’t built in a day…. Try our sister pub The Herne” @HalfMoonHerne

Café Provencal – http://www.cafeprov.co.uk/index.html

Other shops and restaurants are being cleared out for drying and refitting.   Flood relief teams and loss adjusters still on hand.

Further news on http://www.southwark.gov.uk/news/article/1316/herne_hill_flooding-7_august_update  and http://www.thameswater.co.uk

Lambeth –  the shops affected are back in business.   Business as usual.  The market was thronged and busy today.

Busy Herne Hill Market - 18 August 2013 (S Badman)
Busy Herne Hill Market – 18 August 2013 (S Badman)

Herne Hill Flood – One week on….. Half Moon Lane due to reopen 26th Aug

Just a week on, Herne Hill is getting back to normal but for 35 businesses it’s going to be a long haul.

An eagle-eyed resident spotted the water swelling through the concrete around midday on Tuesday 6th August.  He noticed the seepage was getting worse so he called Thames Water around 12.30pm who logged it as a repair to be done within 3 days.   The company agreed to dispatch an engineer within three days, but tragedy struck when the main burst less than 24 hours later at 5am on Wednesday 6th Aug.

For photos and news of the flood last week please see the post here…..

The Lambeth side of Herne Hill is open for business with Southwark bearing the brunt of the flood.   The ensuing flood affected 35 businesses and two residents.  Thames Water and Southwark Council have been working hard to restore services and help businesses and residents affected.

Daily Update on Half Moon Lane 13th August 2013
Daily Update on Half Moon Lane 14th August 2013 (S Badman)

The broken pipe has been replaced and work is in progress to repair the roadway and pavements, with estimates that Half Moon Lane will be reopened sometime next week.   Text “Halfmoon” to 80007 for updates from Thames Water.   Further details are on  http://www.southwark.gov.uk/news/article/1316/herne_hill_flooding-7_august_update  and http://www.thameswater.co.uk.

Herne Hill flood updates are being posted on this Facebook page:   https://www.facebook.com/groups/214873788669319/

Flood relief companies and loss adjusters are busy in Half Moon – here is the latest on the businesses (14th August 2013)

Sainsbury’s – Open

Intersport – Open

Pizza Express – expecting to reopen next week

Half Moon pub – being assessed.

McMillan Williams Solicitors – operating from a temporary office

Shah Kazemi Accountants – operating from a temporary office

BurnetWare estate agents are open for business

BurnetWare Estate Agents open for business 14 August 2013
BurnetWare Estate Agents open for business 14 August 2013 (S Badman)

Oliver Burn estate agents operating from Clapham Office

Pedders estate agents are operating from other offices

Half Moon Dental Practice – offering an emergency service via Haynes Dental http://www.halfmoondental.com/home%20page.html

Brockwell Pharmacy – open for dispensing

Oxfam Main Shop and Book Shop – both expected to reopen at the end of October.  “Bookmageddon in the cellar of the bookshop” says Gavin the manager

Hairdressers – open for business

Illusionist – no news but has lost irreplaceable items in the basement flood

Just Williams toys – operating from East Dulwich Branch

Kindred Bakery – open and selling bread, rolls, cakes, about 50% open they say

Bon Velo – hoping to open a workshop soon

Other shops are being cleared out for drying and refitting.

Questions are being asked as to why Thames Water was unable to check the flow pressure in the pipes when the problem was first logged.  We are seeking answers and will report back.

Update after public meeting with Thames Water on 14th August:

The burst main was a 36″ cast iron main installed in 1925.  The main broke and fell away downwards.  The pressure of water from the broken main washed away the soil and grit bursting through a hole into the road and carrying the soil debris with it as it flooded Herne Hill, hence all the dirt on the roads.   While Thames Water have a number of monitoring systems looking at the whole water system, it was not possible to identify centrally any serious flow problems at this point.  It would have required a visit to the site, and had the pipe not burst engineers would have attended with equipment to trace the leak.     The broken main has been sent to forensics to establish the cause of the breakage.

London Fire Brigade Silver Command were in charge on Wed 7th and handed over overall charge to Thames Water later on Wednesday.

The first priority was safety.  A lamppost collapsed and electricity had to be isolated.  A tree was also on top of where the ground had been washed away so the tree was removed.

TW also had to check the sewers had the capacity to take water pumped out of basements.   The basements were first checked to ensure no one had been trapped, and then the basements were pumped out. and water discharged into the gullies and main sewer.

Once the site was safe and environment under control, work started on replacing the pipe.  The new spun steel pipe has now been installed.

The reconnection of electricity has been quite an exercise which TW co-ordinated.  UK Power Networks reconnected the electricity; new meters and distribution boards had to be installed by the suppliers, followed by certification between the various parties.   Residents above the shops were the worst affected through loss of electrics, and they were put up in hotels by Thames Water.  The last properties to be reconnected were due to be done today.

Half Moon Lane will be fully open on Bank Holiday Monday 26th August with partial reopening from Herne Hill to Stradella earlier.

Report in Southwark News (Reena Kumar) www.southwarknews.co.uk 15th August 2013

A Thames Water spokesman said about reports that Thames Water was contacted about water seeping in the area of the burst “We get over 200 leaks reported to us every day across our network.  A call was taken on Tuesday (6th) lunchtime about a leak on the kerb that was going into a nearby drain.   We spend time talking to customers about leaks and this wasn’t causing any flooding or traffic problems so wasn’t thought to be severe.  We’re really sorry to affected customers and we are working hard to put things rights as quickly as possible.  Our main priority is to get people’s lives and businesses back to normal by bringing power back to the road and mending the broken pipe.”

Thames Water FAQ about claiming on insurance Thames Water FAQ  (posted 17 August 2013)