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3,000 homes left without water as pipe bursts under A38

By Harry Leather | Birmingham | News | Published:

Thousands of homes were left without water after a water main burst in Birmingham.

Firefighters and Severn Trent workers at the flooded road in Northfield, Birmingham. Photo: SnapperSK

Several nearby flats were also flooded after the pipe under Bristol Road South burst in the early hours of this morning.

Up to 3,000 properties were initially without water as a result but supply had almost been fully restored by 2pm, Severn Trent said.

Water flooded part of New House Farm Drive and was being pumped along Bristol Road South by Severn Trent workers who were being supported by firefighters at the scene.

Firefighters and Severn Trent workers at the flooded road in Northfield, Birmingham. Photo: SnapperSK
Firefighters and Severn Trent workers at the flooded road in Northfield, Birmingham. Photo: SnapperSK

One lane of the A38 Bristol Road South has been closed as a result but traffic is able to pass the scene.

A Severn Trent spokesman said: “We’d like to apologise to anyone affected by the burst pipe in Bristol Road this morning.

"A large proportion of those who lost their water supply should be back on now, and anyone still without water, supplies should return any minute now.

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Firefighters and Severn Trent workers at the flooded road in Northfield, Birmingham. Photo: SnapperSK
Firefighters and Severn Trent workers at the flooded road in Northfield, Birmingham. Photo: SnapperSK
Firefighters and Severn Trent workers at the flooded road in Northfield, Birmingham. Photo: SnapperSK

“We’re using tankers to bring water into the area and we’ve also done some valving work to bring water in from the surrounding area network.

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"We’re just now waiting for the pipe network to refill do please bear with us. Bottled water has been sent out to customers just in case.

“Once supplies return some customers may find that they have low pressure or a hit of murky water - this is nothing to worry about and it should get back to normal quickly.

Firefighters and Severn Trent workers at the flooded road in Northfield, Birmingham. Photo: SnapperSK
Firefighters and Severn Trent workers at the flooded road in Northfield, Birmingham. Photo: SnapperSK

“A handful of properties were sadly flooded and our teams are on site now and will do everything they can to help those customers to get back to normal.

“Once we have all water supplies restored we will focus on fixing the burst pipe and to do that we will need to close one lane of Bristol Road in Northfield.

"We know this may cause some upset to traffic and we want to say sorry to anyone affected by that.

“Our teams are working really hard to get everything back to normal as quickly as we can and we want to thank everyone for their patience.”

The cause of the leak is being investigated but is not likely to be confirmed for some time, the spokesman confirmed.

Homes affected by the leak are said to be in the B13, B14, B15, B16, B28, B29, B30, B31, B45 and B90 postcode areas.

Harry Leather

By Harry Leather
Digital Editor - @hleather_star

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