40 firefighters were called to the scene to evacuate people, divert and pump out the water. Evacuees were taken to the safety of a local pub. Whether the landlord flouted licensing laws to warm everyone up with a snifter has not been reported.
Thames Water engineers stopped the leak around mid morning and the water was expected to 'flow out' over a further 3 hours so, hopefully, there's no need for canoes but buses have been disrupted and roads damaged. TFL say routes 6 16 46 98 187 414 N16 and N98 are diverted and there are, of course, severe delays on the roads in the area. London Bus tickets are valid on London Underground between Baker Street, Queens Park and Kilburn. For more updates and more information visit the website.