Firefighters have given advice on what to do in a flood after a canal broke its borders.

Six engines and around 40 firefighters were called to flooding around Warton Road in Stratford at 12.50pm yesterday (February 9).  

Water from the canal caused flooding which affected an area of around 2,500 square metres, London Fire Brigade said.

A 50-metre cordon was put in place as a precaution.

There were no reports of any injuries. 

Station Commander Tom Ronan, who was at the scene, said the flooding from the canal affected a large area around Warton Road.

There were road closures in place for some time and people were urged to avoid the area. 

The incident was over by 4.35pm.

Station commander Ronan added: "Firefighters worked hard to divert flood water and the water level has now subsided in all affected areas.

"No residents had to be evacuated from properties."

 Fire crews from Stratford, Leyton, East Ham, Millwall and surrounding fire stations attended the scene. 

What to do when there's a flood: 

  • Be alert – listen for weather warnings in your area. 
  • Prepare a flood kit or grab bag containing essentials in case you have to leave your home. 
  • Protect your property with sandbags to limit water flow and if possible, move belongings to a higher level.
  • Look out for your neighbours. Make sure they know what to do, especially if they are vulnerable.
  • If your property becomes flooded avoid walking through flood waters. Six inches of fast flowing water can knock over an adult.
  • Avoid driving into flooded water or a flooded area as vehicles can quickly become unstable in moving water.