Part of Clee Road shut and gardens flooded as water main bursts
WATER from a burst main which supplies 10,000 households, gushed into residents' gardens, causing chaos and forcing the closure of a busy road.
Firefighters were up to their knees in water yesterday as they pumped it from Bestall Road, off Clee Road, into the drains and nearby allotments.
Part of Clee Road was closed, and will remain so for up to three days to allow further pumping.
Balfour Beatty and Anglian Water were also on the scene, as well as residents watching on as their gardens became waterlogged.
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Although at one point it was feared the water would seep into houses, none were affected.
George Key was one of the lucky ones, with only part of his drive flooded.
"I got a call from my brother at 8.30am to tell me my road had been flooded," he said.
"I am a lucky one – with it only partially going in my drive. But I know other gardens have been completely flooded because they are on lower ground.
"The water gushed two foot in the air and the fire brigade have been fantastic pumping it into the drains all day."
An Anglian Water spokesman said they "now need to dig down and find out exactly where the problem is."
They added: "We want to apologise to people in Bestall Road for the distress and disruption which has been caused by a burst water main in their street.
"Thankfully the fire brigade have been able to pump water away from homes. We will recover some of the lost water in tankers, with the rest pumped into manholes in Clee Road.
"A section of Clee Road will be closed to allow the pumping operation to be carried out quickly and safely. Traffic will be diverted and we are sorry for any disruption this may cause."
A Humberside Fire And Rescue Service spokesman said: "Two fire engines have been in attendance from 9.06am yesterday morning, to pump the water away from nearby houses.
"Until the main is fixed, the fire crew do not know how long they will be attending."
Jason Longhurst, head of development at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: "The burst water pipe is so severe that Clee Road has been closed to traffic, with diversions put in place.
"The road closure will likely be in place for two to three days for safety reasons, to allow the excess water to be removed.
"Residents in the area whose water supply is affected are advised to contact Anglian Water for information and advice."
To see if you will be affected by the burst water pipe, call Anglian Water's helpline on 08457 145145.