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Burst water main causes chaos in Muswell Hill

PUBLISHED: 17:59 04 September 2009 | UPDATED: 16:26 07 September 2010

A burst water main in Muswell Hill is causing havoc after it erupted yesterday (Thursday September 3) morning. Water gushed from a burst pipe and temporarily flooded a section of Muswell Hill Broadway. Part of the road surface collapsed. The Broadway is

A burst water main in Muswell Hill is causing havoc after it erupted yesterday (Thursday September 3) morning.

Water gushed from a burst pipe and temporarily flooded a section of Muswell Hill Broadway. Part of the road surface collapsed.

The Broadway is still closed from Queens Avenue and Dukes Avenue in both directions while emergency maintenance teams repair the damage.

Residents and businesses were left without running water until 2pm yesterday afternoon and traders have reported a loss in business.

Buses including the 43, 102, 134 and 234 were diverted causing chaos for commuters.

Chris Burns, 26 of Muswell Hill Road missed an important appointment due to the diversions.

Mr Burns said: "The water mains in Muswell Hill seem to burst about three times a year. Or at least it seems that way. It's getting really annoying now. I took hours off work to get home in time for the gas man and now I've missed him because I was stuck on a diverted bus. We won't have any hot water tonight."

Simon Evans, a spokesman for Thames Water said: “A four-inch water main burst under the road just before 5am on Thursday. Work began immediately to fix the pipe and rebuild the road above it and the road was re-opened to the public by Saturday morning.

“Clearly we are very sorry for the inconvenience caused and we ask the public to bear with us in these situations. When water pipes burst we have to fix them and work to do so as quickly as possible.”

 

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