BURST PIPE UPDATE: Water flow now back to normal

Pavements are also filling up with water following the burst pipe on Broughton Road. NNL-150309-124232001
Pavements are also filling up with water following the burst pipe on Broughton Road. NNL-150309-124232001

Firefighters from Banbury, Deddington and Eynsham attended a burst water pipe in Banbury yesterday (Thursday).

They attended the incident in Broughton Road at about 11.30am and were faced with severe flooding in the road together with water entering into a number of basements in adjacent homes.

Thames Water representatives were also on the scene and water supplies were back to normal by 1pm the same day.

Crews had to take immediate action to divert the water away from the affected properties and went on to pump water out of a number of homes.

Station Manager Nick Bourke who attended the incident, said “Thames Water were on the scene fairly rapidly and managed to instigate an early isolation of the burst main.

This in itself was complicated by the fact that the main served the Horton General Hospital and an alternative mains supply was required to serve the hospital.

“Our firefighters are now quite experienced at dealing with flooding and their quick actions also helped to limit the impact of this incident. ”

A high volume pumping unit from Banbury also attended and emergency planning officers from Oxfordshire County Council and Cherwell District Council together with Thames Water representatives remained at the scene throughout the afternoon to support those people whose homes had been affected by the water.

The road was shut by police for most of the day and the road will remain closed to allow for resurfacing and repair works.

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