Woman 'loses everything' as rain floods second-floor flat in South Norwood
CONTINUOUS downpours and strong winds resulted in floods and fallen trees as the South East was drenched in a month and a half's worth of rain this week.
Struggling commuters were also caught in the chaos as the deluge delayed trams and trains, and traffic backed up across Croydon.
Sasher Thomas, 27, lost all her possessions and had to move out of her second-floor flat in Clifford Road, South Norwood, after rain water flooded in on Sunday.
"I began putting buckets out to catch the water," she said. "I tried putting them everywhere but by 10pm I had to leave, it didn't finish until 8am on Monday morning."
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Miss Thomas is currently being housed in a hotel while London and Quadrant housing association surveys the damage.
She said: "I have lost everything, my furniture is damaged, all my clothes, everything is lost.
"It's horrendous. I don't know what I'm going to do; it's hard to take it all in. I just don't know where to start."
The awful weather and strong winds also contributed to numerous trees falling across Croydon. Injuries were avoided despite three trees falling on parked cars. Tree surgeons across the borough were called out to clean up the mess.
Meanwhile Croydon's transport service got into a sticky situation thanks to overrunning works that delayed the tram service.
Commuters up and down Croydon who rely on the trams suffered when the entire system shut down east of East Croydon on Monday.
TfL blamed the bad weather for the disruption.
Howard Smith, TfL's chief operating officer for rail, said: "London Tramlink services were suspended east of East Croydon until 2pm due to overrunning track maintenance work outside East Croydon station.
"The completion of an overnight concrete pour which was part of the work was delayed due to the extremely wet weather."