Burst pipe brings a flood to Bridge Hill
Just what everyone needs on New Year’s Eve – a big mess to clean up after a short but violent flood and a lot of insurance paper work.
In Alexandra, Bridge Hill resident Bruce Davidson was dealing with the aftermath of a severe flood that damaged his property. It was caused by a burst water main in Bodkin Rd.
With flood water reaching about half a metre high in the basement area, the Davidson residence was believed to be the worst hit of about eight properties in Athenry Rd, O’Neill Crescent and Earnscleugh Rd neighbourhood.
‘‘I wasn’t just a flood, it was a raging torrent – a river that came at random and really quickly,’’ Davidson said.
‘‘We copped the main flow which went down our drive and through the basement. The water wasn’t far below the level of the toilet bowl,’’ he said.
A neighbour helped him and his wife Jo pump out water. His insurance company would be assessing the damage to the garage, toilet and bathroom, along with a storeroom.
‘‘The driveway’s pretty damaged too, but it’s all fixable.
And, as he said philosophically, ‘‘no-one died.’’
Alexandra Fire Brigade was called to the burst pipe, which runs directly from the town’s reservoir, at about 3.30pm on Tuesday, station officer John Mawhinney said.
‘‘Contractors had isolated the flooding. So all we could do was to divert the water as best we could away from properties that were being flooded.’’
A temporary dam was created to divert excess water.
A 30-metre high geyser released by the burst pipe was visible all over town on Tuesday afternoon, before the water was turned off.
Flooding and associated damage did not disrupt the residential water supply or services.
Water works: A burst water main flooded Bodkin Rd properties.