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Good evening, welcome to BBC London News, I'm Chris Rogers.
Three weeks ago, around 80 people were evacuated in Islington
as a burst water main caused extensive damage.
Now BBC London has learnt that many have been unable to return home,
while some local businesses fear they may never recover.
This is what Jackie's bedroom look like three weeks ago, devastated and
completely destroyed by flood water. Almost a month on, it's looking a
little better, but there's still a lot of work to be done. And it will
mean balls, frames, skirting boards, everything has got to be taken out.
Even though she's had to sleep on her sofa, Jackie said the response
to the flooding has been efficient. I think all the people that have
worked on it have been marvellous. You know, it was slow at the start,
it's to take ages for them to get moving, but once they did everyone
has done a wonderful job. Around 80 residents in Islington were
evacuated after this three foot wide water main burst. Many homes and
shops to metres deep in water, the flood also meant that the streets
were covered in mud, silt and even rats, and the clean-up effort took
days. Today it all looked like it was back to normal but local
businesses have been hit hard. Many, like this gallery, lost a lot of
their stock before Christmas and are still drawn to get rid of the dump.
The financial blow it has had on us, I don't know if we will recover
fully from it as an independent business. Our concern collectively
as a community is that for a lot of us it is the same, and we fear that
for a lot of us it will not survive the impact this will have. Today,
Thames Water told us they apologised again to residents and shop owners
for the inconvenience. In a statement, they said they were
supporting their customer service to put the way to help get their lives
back to normal and their insurance claims sorted. This month saw
similar floods in Lewisham, Stoke Newington and Streatham, it is
because most of the pipes are over 150 years old. Repairing them is now
a priority, but here in Camden passage the damage has been done,
and the these shots it wasn't a Merry Christmas. Many of them still
don't know when they will be open again.
Fans have continued to pay tribute to the singer George Michael
Flowers and candles have been laid outside his North London home.
Stories about the 53-year-olds support for children's and HIV
charities have emerged since his death.
After nearly 50 years running her shop, Blackheath's Peggy Hawkes
passed away, but the community have carried on the day she would have
wanted. Sarah Harris explains. It is a shop that has not changed for six
decades. Even the till at this store near Blackheath is the same one used
in the nostalgic TV comedy, open all hours. It is the way Peggy wanted it
to stay for the 43 years she ran it behind the counter. Since her recent
death, she has been so sadly missed, her family supported by local
volunteers have kept it going in her memory. Some of the people that are
sort of out of work and stuff would come in and ask mum for money. And
she would quite often say, look, here's a couple of Bob, go and get
yourself a cup of the your something like that, and even if someone said
to her commune they will never come back with that, and she would say
no, if I have made them feel better today than it is worth every penny.
Other than a lick of paint, many of the features Peggy Love to have been
preserved. Several local customers have been coming here for more than
30 years. She was just a really, really nice lady, and it just kind
of has an old-fashioned niceness about it, this shop. People came
from miles away to come in the shop. Not just because of what she came in
the shop but to see my mum. The family said they have had offers to
buy the shop all the time, but they are determined to try to keep it
going as long as they can with the help of their neighbours in Peggy's
memory. A look at the weather
now with John Hammond. A wintry night out there and a foggy
warning for many of us, the aware of some potential disruption as we had
into tomorrow morning Post a lot of rust out there but it is to the
early hours that the fog continues to thicken up and it could be quite
dense and freezing, with temperatures in some spots well
below zero as you step outside in the morning. The fog will take a
while to shift, in some cases it won't all day. Hopefully you will
see some brightness but where it lingers all day, not much.
That's it we're back tomorrow morning in Breakfast.