Burst main a drain pain

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

TWO hos­pi­tals and thousands of homes in West­ern Syd­ney had their wa­ter cut off after a wa­ter main burst.

More than a mil­lion litres of wa­ter and sewage flooded Kingswood, near Pen­rith, after a wa­ter main on Bringelly Rd burst at 7.15am, ac­cord­ing to Fire and Res­cue NSW.

Ne­pean Hospi­tal, Ne­pean Pri­vate Hospi­tal and thousands of homes went with­out run­ning wa­ter for much of yes­ter­day, al­though most had their ser­vices re­stored.

Emer­gency crews evac­u­ated 60 peo­ple, in­clud­ing chil­dren and the dis­abled.

Res­i­dents with­out power last night were given emer­gency ac­com­mo­da­tion by Syd­ney Wa­ter, in­clud­ing mother of three Selvi Ber­isha, 40, who will call the Mer­cure at Pan­thers home un­til Mon­day. “I have three young chil­dren, four-year-old twin girls Vi­o­let and Jes­sica and a five-year-old son, Hay­den,” Ms Ber­isha.

“Hay­den suf­fers from anx­i­ety so when the wa­ter started flood­ing in he was freak­ing out. I was try­ing to make light of it by say­ing we have a new pool out the front.”

Syd­ney Wa­ter will clean her home and “sin­cerely apol­o­gises” to those af­fected.

The clean-up be­gins.

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