Simon Cowell claims his £15m mansion 'nearly floated away' after flash floods engulfed London homes

SIMON Cowell says his £15 million mansion "nearly floated away" after biblical flash floods engulfed London.

The X Factor music mogul, 61, was spotted close to his home in West London, which was lashed with a month's rain in just an hour last night.







Families have been left devastated, with one 100-year-old great great grandmother's possessions and treasured photographs wrecked by floodwater pouring into her home "like the Titanic".

Another family on the Lancaster West Estate – across the street from Grenfell Tower – fled their home with just the clothes on their back.

Celebrities are among those who have been hit after rainfall swamped the capital.

Asked if he had avoided being flooded, Cowell said: "Not really, my house nearly floated away."

Queen guitarist Brian May said a horrific sewage leak turned his mansion into a “horror” house during the floods in posh Kensington.

He shared a video showing how his photo albums, which were on the floor, were wrecked by the sewage leak.

May, 73, said: "The whole bottom floor had been inundated with a sewage overflow – which has covered our carpets, rugs and all kinds of precious (to us) things in a stinking sludge.

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“It’s disgusting, and actually quite heartbreaking."

Alerts have been issued after Monday night's heavy rain raised river levels and saturated homes – with the London Fire Brigade receiving more than 1,000 calls related to flooding.

Commuters faced a tricky start to the morning as they were met with numerous train cancellations.

This included Thameslink, which warned of disruption across its network as flooding had damaged part of the signalling system.

There have been reports of a pub being flooded and the local Penwortham Girls' High School will be shut on Tuesday due to "significant flooding", according to its statement.

Sprawling super-basements in some areas have today been blamed for flooding that caused millions of pounds of damage.

Flooding expert Mary Dhonau OBE told MailOnline flooding was caused by several factors.

She said: "There has got to be somewhere for the water to go. When there is rain it falls onto the ground and percolates in areas of the ground.

"Super-basements are being built where the water would naturally percolate.

"There are other factors like climate change, but the more we take away permeable surfaces the more places will flood.

"North Kensington is a prime example of land that would have soaked up water, which is now being used for super basements.

"It is a jigsaw of things that can cause flooding. You can do things to make flooding more likely and one of those things is using more land for super-basements."

A month's worth of rain poured down in places in just one hour late on Monday- with severe flooding wreaking havoc in Raynes Park, South London, as cars became submerged in the water.

Drivers were forced to abandon their vehicles as the roads were engulfed while residents battled through deep floodwater in their homes.

Water even gushed down into the Underground, forcing a Circle Line train to reverse at Baker Street station.

Other unbelievable footage from the capital shows water surging down the steps at Chelsea's Sloane Square Tube station.

Heavy flooding also hit Colville Terrace, Holland Road and Ladbroke Grove seeing emergency services evacuate flooded properties and homes with collapsed ceilings.

The City of Westminster Police also said road closures were in place while motorists were warned to avoid driving due to masses of floodwater.










One social media user joked, "Where were you in the Great London Flood of 2021?"

Other parts of the UK were not immune to the wet weather either, with heavy showers and thunderstorms hitting Northern Ireland and Western Scotland yesterday.

In Putney and Seaford, Sussex, heavy downpours caused chaos on the roads, with flooding in places.

Shocking footage of floodwater in Hampstead Heath shared on social media shows police and ambulance vehicles blocked by the "insane" rainfall.

"It's like a bloody river," one user wrote.

In Kew Gardens 48mm fell in just a few hours – its July average is normally 47mm.

And in Bournemouth, Brits were deluged with 35mm, compared to the city's monthly average of 48mm for July.

Preston was dumped with 43mm, while Topcliffe had 54mm of rain, and Swanage was hit with 40mm.





Others in South Hampstead shared videos of people wading through deep waters, saying they have "never seen anything like this".

Meanwhile in Richmond Park on Monday afternoon, hardy cyclists, joggers and even rollerskaters were snapped battling on through as rain pelted down.

Homes and businesses were warmed they could become waterlogged, with a "small chance of fast flowing or deep floodwater causing danger to life".

Power cuts and loss of other services are also possible, and some communities could become completely cut off by flooded roads.

In Bournemouth, torrential rain brought havoc to the roads today, with cars marooned in deep water, bus routes thrown into chaos and a spate of crashes.

The normally picturesque gardens in the seaside town disappeared beneath floodwater and swamped the flowers and lawns.

Bus timetables were savaged by the weather with a number of main routes being closed by the police.

A weather expert in the Dorset town said that more than three and a half centimetres of rain had fallen in the area between 5.30am and 10am, making it the wettest summer days for 10 years.



HERE COMES THE SUN

But from today, things will start to look up as high pressures moves in, just in time for a balmy weekend, says Met Office meteorologist Steven Keates.

The only exception to the dry sunny skies will be the North East coast where wind off the North Sea will make seasides towns from Newcastle up to Aberdeen more chilly and cloudy this week.

After a largely dry night tonight, Tuesday will see a cloudy start but some places will see quite a bit of sunshine and start to get warmer.

Expect 20C in London, with22-23C across the West Country and cooler temperatures on the North Sea coast, with 18C-17C where still it'll stay more glum.

The trend will stay looking forward to Wednesday.






Across south central and east there will be a misty start with a bit of cloud and the odd shower but for the afternoon, the sunny spells are back.

Thursday will see a bit more way in the cloud around but very little if any rain.

And dry and sunny spells are forecast for most of the country.

The warm sunshine will continue into Friday with just a few eastern and western areas with light winds.

For the weekend, after a wet few weeks we can finally get the barbecue out again as the high pressure is here to stay, as a 1,000 mile-wide "Spanish heat bulge" arrives.

For Saturday, the Central West will see highs of up to 27C in the afternoon – the hotspots in Bristol, Cardiff and Wales.


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