27/12/2016 London News


27/12/2016

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Good evening, welcome to BBC London News, I'm Chris Rogers.

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Three weeks ago, around 80 people were evacuated in Islington

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as a burst water main caused extensive damage.

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Now BBC London has learnt that many have been unable to return home,

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while some local businesses fear they may never recover.

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This is what Jackie's bedroom look like three weeks ago, devastated and

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completely destroyed by flood water. Almost a month on, it's looking a

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little better, but there's still a lot of work to be done. And it will

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mean balls, frames, skirting boards, everything has got to be taken out.

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Even though she's had to sleep on her sofa, Jackie said the response

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to the flooding has been efficient. I think all the people that have

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worked on it have been marvellous. You know, it was slow at the start,

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it's to take ages for them to get moving, but once they did everyone

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has done a wonderful job. Around 80 residents in Islington were

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evacuated after this three foot wide water main burst. Many homes and

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shops to metres deep in water, the flood also meant that the streets

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were covered in mud, silt and even rats, and the clean-up effort took

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days. Today it all looked like it was back to normal but local

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businesses have been hit hard. Many, like this gallery, lost a lot of

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their stock before Christmas and are still drawn to get rid of the dump.

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The financial blow it has had on us, I don't know if we will recover

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fully from it as an independent business. Our concern collectively

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as a community is that for a lot of us it is the same, and we fear that

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for a lot of us it will not survive the impact this will have. Today,

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Thames Water told us they apologised again to residents and shop owners

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for the inconvenience. In a statement, they said they were

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supporting their customer service to put the way to help get their lives

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back to normal and their insurance claims sorted. This month saw

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similar floods in Lewisham, Stoke Newington and Streatham, it is

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because most of the pipes are over 150 years old. Repairing them is now

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a priority, but here in Camden passage the damage has been done,

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and the these shots it wasn't a Merry Christmas. Many of them still

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don't know when they will be open again.

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Fans have continued to pay tribute to the singer George Michael

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Flowers and candles have been laid outside his North London home.

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Stories about the 53-year-olds support for children's and HIV

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charities have emerged since his death.

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After nearly 50 years running her shop, Blackheath's Peggy Hawkes

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passed away, but the community have carried on the day she would have

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wanted. Sarah Harris explains. It is a shop that has not changed for six

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decades. Even the till at this store near Blackheath is the same one used

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in the nostalgic TV comedy, open all hours. It is the way Peggy wanted it

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to stay for the 43 years she ran it behind the counter. Since her recent

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death, she has been so sadly missed, her family supported by local

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volunteers have kept it going in her memory. Some of the people that are

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sort of out of work and stuff would come in and ask mum for money. And

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she would quite often say, look, here's a couple of Bob, go and get

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yourself a cup of the your something like that, and even if someone said

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to her commune they will never come back with that, and she would say

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no, if I have made them feel better today than it is worth every penny.

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Other than a lick of paint, many of the features Peggy Love to have been

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preserved. Several local customers have been coming here for more than

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30 years. She was just a really, really nice lady, and it just kind

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of has an old-fashioned niceness about it, this shop. People came

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from miles away to come in the shop. Not just because of what she came in

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the shop but to see my mum. The family said they have had offers to

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buy the shop all the time, but they are determined to try to keep it

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going as long as they can with the help of their neighbours in Peggy's

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memory. A look at the weather

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now with John Hammond. A wintry night out there and a foggy

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warning for many of us, the aware of some potential disruption as we had

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into tomorrow morning Post a lot of rust out there but it is to the

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early hours that the fog continues to thicken up and it could be quite

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dense and freezing, with temperatures in some spots well

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below zero as you step outside in the morning. The fog will take a

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while to shift, in some cases it won't all day. Hopefully you will

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see some brightness but where it lingers all day, not much.

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That's it we're back tomorrow morning in Breakfast.

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