‘Street river’ created by burst water main
Witnesses say water was gushing down the road
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.