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Burst pipe floods A4123 with water near Burnt Tree - PICTURES and VIDEO

By Andrew Turton | Oldbury | Transport | Published:

A burst pipe flooded the road near the notoriously busy Burnt Tree junction with water.

Footage and images from John Southall and Mag Connaire show the water flood New Birmingham Road and flowing into gardens

Water was up to a foot deep in places making the A4123 New Birmingham Road impassable.

Five homes were flooded with water inches deep inside kitchens and lounges.

Part of the A4123 will remained closed while works continue to repair pipework.

A huge hole has been created as workers dig down to inspect the damage.

Workers clean up outside homes after flood water swept through

Oakthorpe Gardens – backing onto the New Birmingham Road – was most notably affected after the water fell down a band behind the homes.

Water was 'gushing' through Frances Markley's house in the street, which backs onto the Birmingham New Road.

The 86-year-old's home was the worse affected by the burst pipe and water was up to four inches deep in her kitchen.

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She said: "The girl down the way knocked round on my door at 5.30am and asked if I was alright.

"I asked why and she said there was all water everywhere. It was coming off the New Road.

"My lounge and kitchen is all soaked – it was about three or four inches in the kitchen.

"My carpet is soaking wet. It all came from off the main road. The water was rushing and took my wheelie bin from outside my kitchen door.

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"We want to smile really – I had someone coming to wash my conservatory and clean the slabs in the garden today.

"And I had my garden done yesterday. This is absolutely squelching. "It's upset me but it could have been worse I suppose."

The A4123 was blocked from between Birmingham New Road and Wolverhampton Road at around 5am today.

The northbound carriageway did reopen from around 9am.

WATCH the water flood into the road and gardens

Burst pipe floods road near Burnt Tree Junction

Southbound the route remained closed between Regent Road and Walford Street near Burnt Tree.

Thousands of motorists travel through the Burnt Tree junction each week taking traffic between Wolverhampton, Dudley, Oldbury and Birmingham.

Workers on site off New Birmingham Road
Part of New Birmingham Road cordoned off by workers as repairs are made to the damaged pipe

Delays of around 30 minutes were reported through the junction.

Another resident Mag Connaire, 63, said her garden and garage were affected by the water – but praised the fast action made by workers to solve the issue.

"The garden and my garage was affected," she said. "There was a bit of water in my sister's hallway and her garden too.

"The fire officers, the council and water board have done a great job. They were on top of it as soon as it was reported.

"The water came down the bank behind the houses, which backs onto the main road.

"It was very deep in the garden. A few more inches and it would have come into the house.

"Because we'd been forecast heavy rain I just thought it was the weather when I first woke up this morning. Then we looked outside and saw how bad it was."

South Staffs Water confirmed online that the pipe supplies clean water and no sewage pipes have leaked.

The firm gave an updated statement saying: "We have now restored water supply to most customers, however, some customers may still be without supply. We expect those to be restored shortly.

"When supplies return, customers may notice their water is a different colour to normal or experience variations in water pressure.

The flood water outside homes in Oakthorpe Gardens
A resident took this picture showing flood water outside their home

"Although the water may not look very nice, it’s not harmful to health and running the cold kitchen tap for 20 minutes may help to clear it.

"We are advising customers to visit our website for more information.

"The company is aware of the impact and the inconvenience caused by the traffic diversion while its teams remain on site and work to repair the burst water main.

"South Staffs Water apologises for any inconvenience and is working hard to resolve this as soon as possible."

The huge hole dug to reach the damaged pipe
Andrew Turton

By Andrew Turton
Digital Journalist

Digital journalist based at the Express & Star's head office in Wolverhampton. Interested in breaking news and social media. Get in touch on Twitter @aturton_star or andrew.turton@expressandstar.co.uk

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