‘Street river’ cre­ated by burst wa­ter main

Wit­nesses say wa­ter was gush­ing down the road

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Goolis­tan Cooper ed­i­to­ri­aluxbridge@trin­i­tysouth.co.uk

A WA­TER main flooded a busy road in North­wood Hills and led to chaotic scenes the fol­low­ing morn­ing.

The wa­ter main burst in Pinner Road at 10.30pm on Wed­nes­day night last week and quickly trans­formed the area into a river.

En­gi­neers work­ing for Affin­ity Wa­ter re­paired the fault by 6.30am the fol­low­ing morn­ing, but the road re­mained closed un­til the af­ter­noon, trig­ger­ing traf­fic con­ges­tion in the area.

Sharon Whit­marsh, who wit­nessed the flood while re­turn­ing to her home in North­wood, said: “The wa­ter was gush­ing out from the pave­ment just out­side North­wood Hills li­brary. It was all the way down the road and it looked like a mov­ing river. It’s such a waste of wa­ter and a real shame.”

Affin­ity Wa­ter apol­o­gised for the in­con­ve­nience caused and thanked its cus­tomers for their pa­tience.

The li­brary was un­af­fected and open as usual on Thurs­day morn­ing, when for­mer coun­cil­lor An­drew Retter vis­ited.

He said the re­pair work had been com­pleted when he passed by, but the road had re­mained closed and no one from the coun­cil or Affin­ity Wa­ter was on the scene to help those stuck in the traf­fic.

He said: “They re­paired the road but it was ab­so­lute traf­fic chaos down there. The work­man just left a bar­rier up with a ‘road closed’ sign and went away.

“There’s no one there to ex­plain any­thing to any­one. I find that phe­nom­e­nal.

“I saw driv­ers get­ting an­noyed and I could un­der­stand why.”

A coun­cil spokesman said east­bound traf­fic in Pinner Road was chan­nelled down Joel Street. Bus routes 875 and H11 were also di­verted.

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