Thames Water apologises after ‘dramatic’ burst pipe in Crouch End

A burst pipe saw streams of water cascade through Crouch End on Saturday.

The pipe exploded on the corner of Haringey Park and Crouch Hill, forcing the recently reopened Floral Hall to barricade its restaurant with sand bags to halt the leak.

The gush of water on the morning of October 24 made its way through the Broadway and pools of water were pictured at the construction site of Hornsey Town Hall.

Kay Curram, the owner of Floral Hall in Crouch Hill, called the incident a “nightmare”. “The water just kept coming, it was awful,” she said.

“When I first saw it going straight through the front door my heart sunk but thankfully it wasn’t as bad as it first looked.

“It was an hour and a half with so much water bursting out of the pavement, funnelling straight to our door.

“A load of businesses nearby were lovely and we got some sand bags together and diverted the water. It was all rather dramatic but it’s ok now.”

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A Thames Water spokesperson said: “We’re sorry to anyone who experienced low pressure or loss of water following a burst on a four-inch-diameter pipe over the weekend.

“Our engineers were quickly on the scene and were able to restore the water supply before carrying out repairs.

“These were completed last night (October 25), while a team will visit the site again today to carry out final works on the pipe and restore the road surface.”

The remedial works by Thames Water are expected to continue until Monday, having originally been scheduled to finish on Friday.

Crouch Hill has suffered a series of water leaks in recent years, including a burst main in 2018.