Burst pipe brings a flood to Bridge Hill

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS - By MARY-JO TO­HILL

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.

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