Un­der wa­ter

BURST WA­TER MAIN CAUSES HOUSES TO FLOOD AND PEO­PLE TO EVAC­U­ATE

Ruislip & Eastcote & Northwood Gazette - - Front Page - By VICKY MUNRO vicky.munro@reach­plc.co.uk Twit­ter: @vick­y_afm

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.

In a pre­vi­ous up­date at 4.30am, Com­pass Theatre / Win­ston Churchill Theatre

Har­riet Evans & Fanny Blake at Com­pass Theatre 25 Septem­ber, 7.30pm Tick­ets £5

An Au­thor Event with Adele Parks at Com­pass Theatre 26 Septem­ber, 7.30pm Tick­ets £5

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

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