Floods Force London Chabad Yeshiva to Evacuate Building

Heavy rain hit London on Monday afternoon, causing flash floods across the city, and forcing the Chabad Yeshiva to evacuate their building which had flooded with nearly two feet of water.

By Anash.org reporter

Heavy rain caused flash flooding in various parts of London on Monday afternoon, leaving streets underwater and cars submerged.

Photos on social media showed parts of south-west London including Barnes, Raynes Park and Richmond had been affected, as had areas of north London including Golders Green and Highgate.

The London Fire Brigade said it has taken more than 150 calls from residents across southwest London reporting flooding incidents.

The Chabad Yeshiva, located on Kingsley Way was heavily affected by the floods, with nearly two feet of water covering the floors, forcing the electricity to be shut, and the bochurim to evacuate together with the Sifrei Torah and tefillin.

“Our yeshiva is situated near a stream, and when that stream overflowed, the entire area came under heavy flooding,” Rabbi Mendy Jacobs, mashgiach in the yeshiva told Anash.org. “We evacuated all the bochurim and moved them to the Yeshiva Ketana building in the area, which was not affected by the flooding.”

“We will have to reassess after the flood and see what the yeshiva will do until the end of the zman, which concludes in a few days, after Tisha B’av,” he said.


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