Yesterday’s road closures and flooding in Kingston town centre were caused by the Thames flowing back into sewers, an investigation has found.

High tides combined with heavy rain over the weekend meant surface water did not drain away.

Drivers faced gridlock during rush hour, with two cars rescued from meter-high water in the early hours of yesterday morning.

The Environment Agency has been called in as it has responsibility for the river.

Workers from Thames Water will stay at the underpass in Kingsgate Road to pump away any water which collects today.

Lanes are still closed.

Traffic coming over Kingston bridge is heavy.