BURST WATER MAIN CAUSES HOUSES TO FLOOD AND PEOPLE TO EVACUATE
A BURST water main near West Drayton caused the flooding of 80 homes and the evacuation of 120 people.
The burst main, in Falling Lane and Camomile Way, left hundreds of homes in Uxbridge, Hayes, Yiewsley, Hillingdon and West Drayton without water and other residents reportedly found sewage pouring from their taps on Monday morning.
London Fire Brigade have confirmed that 80 properties and 120 people were affected by flooding.
Police and the fire brigade handed out sandbags at the scene to try to stop further homes flooding.
Bottled water reportedly sold out at a Tesco store in Cowley as residents looked for other ways to get hold of water, while a new-born baby was one of those evacuated using a lifeboat.
In a statement at 6.55am, an Affinity Water spokesman said: “Work is continuing to repair the damaged water main.
This is a complex repair, but we are expecting to complete this work later today.
“During high demands this morning, some customers will experience a loss of water until the full repair has been completed.”
An Affinity Water technician located the problem
at 10.50pm [on Sunday] and by 2.45am repair work had commenced, but some residents have complained about how long it took for the water to be turned off.
A London Fire Brigade spokeswoman said: “A burst water main flooded an area of 400 metres by 200 metres to a maximum depth of 90cm – 120 people and 80 properties were affected.
“The water supply and the electrical supply have been turned off and the flood water has continued to recede.”
A maximum depth of 90cm means that in some places the water rose higher than the height of a two or three year-old child.
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Affinity Water said: “Repair works continue on site and we have exposed more of the damaged water main.
“We continue to excavate the area and have been able to restore supplies to our customers.
“As we approach high demand in the morning, customers may experience a loss of water to their supply until the full repair has been completed.
“Should this happen, we will continue to update you on our progress on site.
“We are aware of flooding that has occurred to properties due to the damaged water main and have teams attending the area to assist customers.”
The scene in West Drayton after the water main burst