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Moment Pret worker takes back chairs being used as bridge over flood at Hammersmith Tube station

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 10/08/2018 Sophie Williams

Video: Commuters create emergency bridge to cross flood puddle (Press Association)

A stubborn Pret a Manger worker grabbed back chairs from a branch of the restaurant which were being used as a makeshift bridge over a flood puddle outside Hammersmith tube station. 

Commuters were forced to use the chairs from Pret a Manger to make a route over the enormous puddle following torrential downpours in London on Thursday evening.

a group of people standing in front of a building © Provided by Independent Print Limited People can be seen clambering over on the chairs to get across the flood when an employee in the company's uniform walks over and begins to remove them.

She says: "Sorry i've got to take these" before shrugging at the visibly annoyed bystanders before removing the chairs.

People can then be seen wading through the water. One woman is pictured walking through the water in bare feet.

One onlooker dubbed the attempt to stay dry "the most British thing I've ever seen" as people politely queued up to cross the make-shift path."

Flash floods hit the capital after heavy downpours struck the east and south east of England on Thursday.

London’s scorching weather came to an end on Thursday as heavy rain showers hit.

Temperatures in London and the south east have reached their lowest for two months following a bout of wet weather.

The mercury has fallen below 20C for the first time since early June, the Met Office said.


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