BURST PIPE UPDATE: Water flow stopped and service returns to normal

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Firefighters from Banbury are currently on Broughton Road dealing with a burst water pipe today (Thursday).

Three fire engines and other rescue crews are on the junction of Bath Road after being called earlier this morning.

The water is flowing quickly down Bath Road near People's Park. NNL-150309-124244001

The water is flowing quickly down Bath Road near People's Park. NNL-150309-124244001

It is not known how the incident happened but police have closed the road at Beargarden Road while fire crews try and stop the water flowing down the road.

Karen Irvani lives in Bath Road with her 16-year-old autistic son Reza. She said: “It was my first day back at work and I was getting my head down when my neighbour knocked on my door and told me to see what was happening outside.

“I just couldn’t believe what I was seeing. It was like the River Zambezi with the fast flowing water and it has made me realise the dangers of it. I have used old duvets to try and prevent the water coming into the garden and home but I am worried as Reza’s bedroom is in the basement.

“He has been really good though. He knows why the firefighters are here and making sure I am ok but I am worried for the other properties on Broughton Road who have basements too.”

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

The water is currently flowing at high speeds down Bath Road and towards People’s Park and onto pavements. Motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible and firefighters will remain on the scene for most of the day.

John Whitwell also lives on Bath Road and added: “Fortunately our house is a little bit higher than Karen’s so I knocked on her door to make sure she was ok. When I saw the amount of water coming out I knew it was a water pipe that had burst and that it was pretty serious.”

A spokesperson for Thames Water said the flow of water stopped at about 1pm and supplies will begin to return to normal by then, adding: “Water supplies have now returned to normal after we stopped the flow of water from the burst pipe. Broughton Road will remain closed until we’ve finished our repair work and we’ll get this done as quickly as possible. We’re sorry to everyone who has been affected today.”

Firefighters are currently dealing with a burst water pipe on Broughton Road today (Thursday). NNL-150309-124221001

Firefighters are currently dealing with a burst water pipe on Broughton Road today (Thursday). NNL-150309-124221001