RESIDENTS in Greenford are counting the cost of a burst watermain which flooded a dozen homes this morning.
The freak event occurred in Greenford Road at about 8am today (July 8), and quickly plunged front gardens, garages, homes and vehicles under water.
Families were forced to abandon their property and were led to safety by the police, and have spent most of the day at Greenford Bus Depot where a team from the Insurance Claims Accommodation Bureau (ICAB) - working on behalf of Thames Water - have been looking after them.
One householder, who wished to remain anonymous, told the Gazette that he feared it would be "months" before his home could be restored, while another claimed his car had been completely ruined.
Water was reportedly several feet high at one point, but has since been cleared.
Greenford Road remains blocked and there have also been road closures in the vicinity of Windmill Road.
The London Fire Brigade was at the scene earlier and used an inflatable pathway to rescue people while pumping away excess water.
Thames Water was able to restore water to most of the area with the intention of restoring it to all properties by later today, including to homes in Hounslow which were without a water supply due to the burst.
A Thames Water spokesman said: "A four-foot-wide water pipe burst in a field off Greenford Road at 7.15am today, flooding 10 homes. This affected the pressure of water through people's taps across the wider area. We are very sorry for the inconvenience this has caused, and in particular to people who have been flooded. We are starting off the insurance process today to get their homes and lives back to normal as soon as possible."
Areas affected include TW 3, 4, 5, 7, 14. UB2, NW10, HA0, W3 and W5.