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Natalie many thanks once again.
Natalie Perks there for us
I'm Riz Lateef.
The Mayor is demanding
answers from Thames Water,
accusing the company of decades
It's after thousands of Londoners
were left without water for days
and then this morning a burst pipe
in Tooting flooded the streets
forcing businesses to close.
Marc Ashdown reports.
Tooting Broadway underwater.
The early hours of this morning,
the road resembles a river,
the latest burst water pipe to bring
chaos to south London.
It left commuters with a precarious
journey to work and many
businesses closed, and trying -
some more successfully than others -
to deal with flooded shops.
Never seen anything like it before,
to actually come into the shops.
Just yards from the burst pipe,
staff at this charity shop said
there was waist-high water gushing
past, but miraculously
the doors held firm.
We thought that everything would be
flooded, but luckily someone
was looking after us,
and, yeah, back to business.
You're going to carry
on, you're open?
Yeah, of course.
We don't let nothing stop us!
Thames Water said this incident
is unrelated to the recent
disruption caused by pipes cracking
in the severe weather.
This 30-inch pipe is one
of the oldest in London,
dating back to the 1830s.
Thames say they had a team on site
here within 15 minutes to shut off
this pipe and reduce the flow,
and as you can see, pretty much now
it has receded altogether.
The local MP says "sorry"
isn't good enough.
She's calling for tough action.
I think fundamentally the time has
come to legislate for this.
We need to make sure that
Ofwat have the powers
that they need in order
to make sure that things
up regulated properly.
Look, they said they
couldn't see this coming.
It's a 200-year-old pipe.
It was always going to be coming.
This is happening all across London
and enough is enough.
Local residents have been
without water for four
days, some of them.
Schools have been closed
and now local businesses
are going to be suffering,
due to a loss of local revenue.
It has been a difficult
few days for Thames.
Thousands of people cut off
and accusations of a slow,
poorly communicated response plan.
And today, a huge stockpile
of water has sprung up to hand out
with just a slow trickle
of residents still in need.
How long have you been without?
Erm, five days.
How many kids have you got,
have you got kids?
The Mayor of London has
written to Thames blaming
decades of underinvestment
for the recent problems.
Sadiq Khan wants pipe upgrade work
intensified and said Londoners need
assurances things will be
markedly different when -
not if - this happens again.
Marc Ashdown, BBC London News.
Tolu Adayoye has got more on this.
And the letter the mayor sent
to Thames Water - strongly worded?
Yes, this has been a week when
thousands of Londoners have really
been beyond inconvenienced. The
Mayor clearly thinks that Thames
Water should have been better
prepared. In the letter, he lists a
number of concerns, including that
the bottled water distribution
centres that were set up were
limited to a handful of locations,
which were not suitable for many of
the people affected, particularly
vulnerable people. He says
throughout the whole affair that has
been poor communication. For
example, even though Thames Water
anticipated supply issues last week,
based on the weather, they still
didn't tell all agencies, including
the Fire Brigade. Lastly, he talks
about compensation. The advice group
says that water companies should
automatically give companies £20 for
12 hours without water, that should
be £10 for every 24 hours. The Mayor
does not think that is enough, he
wants more generous compensation and
Any response from Thames
Yes, very brief. They say
they have agreed to look at
compensation issues. For now, their
priority is to get every single
customer back with a water supply.
More than 500 Syrian
refugees have been resettled
across the capital since 2015.
But as campaigners demand even
more to be taken in -
some councils say they're already
struggling with the housing crisis.
So now one London borough
is appealing for more private
landlords to offer homes.
Chris Rogers reports from Islington.
These two women have formed the most
unlikely of close friendships.
Yvette is a London landlady
and Layla is her tenant.
A refugee from war-torn Syria.
She was a miracle for me, angel.
Comes to help us.
The home changed our life
for 100%, to better.
Leila, her husband and three
children are among ten
Syrian refugee families
to settle in Islington.
Under a government scheme London
councils are funded to pay the rent,
and support parents into work,
and children into school.
Although there is obviously a small
hit because you don't get market
rent, we get secure rent,
it's regular, there's no
gaps between tenancies,
and it's an amazing way
of being able to offer
help to families that are just
like ours, and have found themselves
in a difficult time in their lives.
Islington Council says it is mindful
of the housing crisis,
but there's the issue.
They now need to appeal for more
landlords to help refugees.
We aren't able to give any council
housing to our Syrian
because frankly there isn't enough.
We have 19,000 people
on the waiting list,
so we just don't have any council
properties to offer,
and that's why this partnership
with the private landlords
is so important to us.
But could the demand to house
Syrian refugees increase?
10,000 have been given refuge
by the UK from a devastating war,
with strong support
from London local authorities.
The UN Refugee Agency UNHCR warn
the Government's quota of 20,000
is simply not enough.
The success of the scheme has
fuelled calls from campaigners
and politicians for the Government
to do more, and take in perhaps
another 10,000 refugees,
particularly children -
and not just from Syria,
but other war-torn countries.
The Home Office tell us it has no
planned to increase its quota.
For now, Layla's family are among
the minority to escape war
for a new start in London.
Chris Rogers, BBC London News.
As the capital joins
celebrations to mark
International Women's Day tomorrow,
this week we're getting
an insight into the some
of the women who run London.
Tonight we hear from
Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton.
I spoke to her at a fire station
in south east London -
where she was meeting teenagers
interested in learning some
of the skills needed for the job.
Get yourself rigged
and ready for roll call.
Dany, does it remind
you of your teenage self?
Oh, definitely, just
looking at them doing this,
the first time you put your fire
gear on, it's so exciting,
but a bit scary too.
That's it, well done.
The beginning was tough, you know.
I was one of about 30 women out
of 6000 firefighters.
I think we were probably tested
more than the guys were,
because there was some questions
around can women really do it?
Are women still being put off
a career in the Fire Service
because it's still seen
as a job for men?
I think they are, and I think it's
really important that we role model
women and that we talk
about the fact women
can be firefighters.
we explain the role.
I think people do still think it's
just about heroic macho stuff
and you have to be six foot
tall and strong.
Two women running London's
major services, it's not
that long ago that that
would have been unthinkable.
Completely, and even now
sometimes people are quite
surprised that it's happened,
and in the same year, which has just
been a great coincidence,
but a really fantastic one,
because it has just given us
the sort of support and shown,
for me, young girls and young women
that there are fantastic career
opportunities out there in non sort
of traditional roles.
Your first year, of course,
the tragic events of Grenfell.
Do you remember the moment
you got the call?
Vividly, because I was at home.
It was in the middle of the night.
I remember thinking at the very
start, this is going to be something
very different and it's going to be
something we've never
You've said you never get rid
of the guilt and responsibility.
What did you mean?
I was responsible for every single
firefighter on the fire ground that
day, and it felt like the biggest
weight of responsibility
I have ever had.
I have never honestly experienced
that feeling of anxiety,
responsibility and care.
If you were looking at that
building, you couldn't help
but look at that and just
have an overwhelming
feeling of concern.
How do you cope with the images
that you saw that night?
I think a lot of it for me has been
about having counselling,
and I've been really
honest about that.
I don't think I could have
processed it on my own.
I think it's a very difficult...
For me, walking round the fire
ground, talking to my firefighters,
having them physically break down
in front of me is something that
I've never experienced before.
Do you think admitting that
vulnerability is a touch
from your leadership,
because you are a woman?
Do you think that would have
happened under a male commissioner?
I'm not so sure it would have done.
I can't judge what people
would have thought,
because it was such a different
night, but I felt it's OK for me
to be really honest about that.
Do you feel like a role model?
I do absolutely feel
like a role model.
And when I see groups of young girls
like these amazing girls here,
it just makes me feel proud that
I can show them there
is a way forward.
They don't have to do
They can challenge themselves.
That's it from me -
but let's get a check
on the weather with Nick Miller.
After the tally, wet start to the
day, things cleared up with some
sunshine and tomorrow we will get to
see a bit of sunshine. It will be a
windy day as well, particularly in
the morning. Between now and the
morning we are going to see some
rain. Let's look at the radar
picture, and find out what is going
on. A few showers popping up towards
the south-west of the UK into Wales.
They are moving east quite quickly.
By the end of the night not just
showers, a spot of rain coming our
way. Increasing cloud overnight. The
odd shower, then here comes the
rain, a quick moving spell at the
end of the night. Quite heavy as it
moves through, overnight
temperatures of four 5 degrees. Not
just wet, gusty wind. Look out
quickly it is out of the way in the
morning. Then broken cloud,
sunshine, maybe a stray shower if we
catch one tomorrow. It will move
through quite quickly on the wind,
which will be very gusty,
particularly during the first part
of the day. The wind easing as we go
to the afternoon. 12 degrees, more
like ten at best tomorrow. It is
going to feel colder, but looking
ahead to the weekend, temperatures
on the up again. But there will be
some outbreaks of rain at the
weekend. Thankfully not all weekend
long. Rain for us. Elsewhere in the
UK there is some