After flash floods swept Hillingdon yesterday morning (Monday, July 28) people living in the worst affected areas had hoped problems would subside come evening time.
With the A40 still shut after rain water collected at the Hillingdon Circus and Long Lane junction of the carriageway, heavy traffic had backed up in many surrounding roads.
So it was even more of a pain to commuters when police were forced to close a 40metre section of Long Lane, reportedly between Sweetcroft Lane and Sutton Court Road, at around 5.30pm after black smoke was seen pouring out of a manhole in the pavement.
London Fire Brigade, fresh from tackling floods and two house fires, were called and a crew from Hillingdon attended to help with what had now turned into huge flames pouring out of the electrical cable cover.
The fire brigade called electricity company Southern Electric, who pulled out the mains and left Long Lane without power for at least 30 minutes.
The fire brigade said they left the scene just before 8pm.
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