Sink­hole caused by burst wa­ter main

Sup­ply to peo­ple liv­ing around the area turned off

Uxbridge Gazette - - NEWS - By Salina Pa­tel salina.pa­tel@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A LARGE sink­hole has ap­peared af­ter a burst wa­ter main caused se­vere flood­ing af­fect­ing peo­ple in Ick­en­ham and Ruis­lip on Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

Res­i­dents liv­ing in the area around Break­s­pear Road South have had their wa­ter sup­ply turned off since the early hours of Jan­uary 4.

Re­ports first emerged on Twit­ter of low wa­ter pres­sure or no run­ning wa­ter from res­i­dents liv­ing in Ick­en­ham.

@Caz­zaN69 tweeted: “Any prob­lems in Ick­en­ham this morn­ing? Our wa­ter pres­sure is re­ally low.”

@Affin­i­tyWater Any prob­lems in Ick­en­ham this morn­ing? Our wa­ter pres­sure is re­ally low.

Mo­torists were urged to avoid the area due to de­lays as the road has been closed near the junc­tion with Swake­leys Road in Ick­en­ham up to Tile Kiln Lane, in Ruis­lip.

The road sur­face is in poor con­di­tion and there has been a lot of dam­age.

En­gi­neers from Affin­ity Wa­ter ar­rived at the scene and were work­ing as quickly as pos­si­ble to deal with the af­ter­math of the in­ci­dent.

The com­pany man­aged to re­store wa­ter sup­ply at a low pres­sure while the re­pairs are tak­ing place.

Affin­ity Wa­ter stated: “We have suc­cess­fully iso­lated the burst wa­ter main and di­verted wa­ter from other ar­eas in or­der to re­store your sup­ply dur­ing this re­pair.

“We an­tic­i­pate that all cus­tomers af­fected by this burst will now have wa­ter re­stored to the prop­erty, how­ever this may be at a lower pres­sure than nor­mal un­til the re­pair is com­plete.

“We will pro­vide an up­date and es­ti­mate on when this work should be com­pleted as soon as one be­comes avail­able.

“We are sorry for the dis­rup­tion to your sup­ply and thank you for your pa­tience.”

Hilling­don po­lice first re­ported ma­jor flood­ing due to a burst wa­ter main just af­ter 6am and ad­vised mo­torists to avoid the area.

LOW PRES­SURE: The sink­hole in Break­s­pear Road South, which caused res­i­dents to lose their wa­ter sup­ply

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