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Lightning strikes and flooding wreak havoc on south east railways

PUBLISHED: 10:17 23 June 2016 | UPDATED: 10:17 23 June 2016

Clapham Junction flooded

Clapham Junction flooded

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Commuters faced long delays on Thursday morning

Torrential rain and thunderstorms caused major disruption to railways across south east London and Kent on Thursday morning.

The Bexleyheath line was disrupted heavily throughout the morning rush hour, with flooding at Bexleyheath and a lightning strike at Blackheath causing problems for commuters.

A Network Rail spokesman said: “It’s a very fast moving picture this morning, with flash floods still arising and others falling in a variety of different routes into London.

“In addition, we are dealing with the aftermath of lightning strikes at Surbiton, which on the main line into Waterloo and at Blackheath.

“Our staff have been out all night and are still out in the rain working with pumps and repairing damage, and we are doing all that we can to keep trains running.”

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