Rain’s mainly a pain on ref­er­en­dum day

Down­pours de­cide to re­main as vot­ers bat­tle el­e­ments

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexan­der Ballinger

CHAOS reigned in west Lon­don as vot­ers were forced to bat­tle through flooded streets and storms in Uxbridge and Ruis­lip on the day of the EU ref­er­en­dum.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic cap­tured the dra­matic scenes from across Hilling­don af­ter tor­ren­tial rain on the evening of Thurs­day June 23.

The bridge at Ruis­lip Manor un­der­ground sta­tion was one of the worst hit streets in the area, with cars being half-submerged in the deep wa­ter.

A car park just off White­hall Road, near Uxbridge town cen­tre, was also flooded.

The heav­ens opened just af­ter 6pm and some rush hour com­muters were stranded as roads in Uxbridge be­came im­pass­able due to flood­ing.

Storms sparked fears voter turnout in the EU ref­er­en­dum could suf­fer as the Mayor of Lon­don Sadiq Khan urged vot­ers to brave the rain and have their say.

Sport also suf­fered as a re­sult of the down­pours as Ruis­lip Rangers FC were forced to post­pone games against teams that had trav­elled from France and Jer­sey.

The pitches at Kings Col­lege Play­ing Fields, near King’s Col­lege Road, were com­pletely wa­ter­logged and the teams from Mantes la­jolie near Paris and Jer­sey were un­able to play.

Ruis­lip Rangers were quick to resched­ule the U10s event, which was played at Goals, in South Ruis­lip, on Saturday.

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