Leckhampton Road closed and street flooded after water pipe bursts
HOMES were without water and roads were flooded when a pipe burst for the second time in a month yesterday.
A large pipe on the section of Leckhampton Road near the mini-roundabout junction with Church Road burst, sending water cascading out and damaging the tarmac and pavement.
Mud and debris were swept into a number of surrounding drive ways, and many properties were without water or had low pressure throughout the morning.
The section of Leckhampton Road beyond the Church Road junction will be closed for the next few days, with traffic diverted, while workmen dig up the tarmac and repair the pipe.
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Severn Trent Water sent insurance assessors to inspect the damage to properties in case compensation was necessary.
The same section of pipe on burst three weeks ago.
Sarah Baker, 37, whose home is near the burst pipe, said: "We're worried there is a bigger problem with the pipes.
"The road has been leaking for the past two or three weeks. "If it keeps leaking, it will be like a skating rink out there in the winter.
"On this occasion we were without water until 3.50pm. Fortunately the water didn't run into our drive, but our neighbours had to put down sandbags in their drive."
Steve Potter, 56, pictured, was still busy sweeping mud and debris off the pavement outside his home as the skies darkened. He said: "I cannot believe how much rubbish the water has swept down the road. It's an absolute mess."
A Severn Trent Water spokesman said they would put in place a long-term plan to prevent it occurring again. He said: "We are working as quickly as possible to repair the pipe and the damage to the road and we hope to reopen the road later this week. We want to do everything we can to put things right for our customers, so our insurance company will be assessing any damage and we have organised a road sweeper to clean up any driveways affected.
"We would like to apologise for any inconvenience and thank our customers for their patience."