The Great Islington Flood of 2005

By Rob Last edited 160 months ago
The Great Islington Flood of 2005

They'll be talking about this one for years to come.

Yesterday a water main burst on Upper Street turning the streets in the area into what the Standard described as "a mini-Venice".

According to reports people were trapped inside restaurants, bars and shops as "gallons" of water swamped the area.

It took Thames Water engineers four hours to pump away the water, during which time local businesses suffered many thousands of pounds in lost revenue (the ciabatta sandwich industry and sales of overpriced antiques were thought to have been hit hardest).

Did you witness the Islington flood? If so please let us know your thought in the comments section.

Last Updated 02 February 2005


No listen here, matey.

Comedy though the idea of all those wet Ugg boots and shitzus up to their tiny nads in the torrent may be, comedy it was not, when, suddenly, your morning 73 to work hung a sudden right on Essex Road and sped away, eventually giving up the ghost and leaving you lost and confused and halfway to Archway.

I realise you're not TfL, but I'm complaning all the same.

"Meh. We're London. We can't cope with a little bit of water. Meh."


Yep, especially when said 73s suddenly start thundering down the formerly quiet, strictly residential Liverpool Road that yours truly happens to live on. On stepping out of flat yesterday morning, twas confronted with a mile long (literally) queue of buses and irate taxis. Took twice as long as normal to bike to work. Ah, the exciting world of Islingtonites...


I had a taxi to work at 0615 on Wednesday morning, and when my driver started to take the scenic route, all I could think was: This is going to be an unbelievable mess in about an hour.


I haven't been up to much these days. Today was a loss. Nothing seems important. I've just been letting everything happen without me these days.


I feel like an empty room, but eh. Nothing seems worth doing. I haven't gotten much done today.