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Firefighters prevent Wash Common homes flooding

Water from burst main threatens several properties

Jane Meredith

Jane Meredith


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Firefighters prevent Wash Common homes flooding

Firefighters battled through the early hours of this morning (Wednesday), to prevent Wash Common homes from flooding, after a burst water main.

One pump from Newbury Fire Station was called at 3am to the burst water main in Villiers Way, affecting an area around Meyrick Drive and Gilroy Close.

Firefighters used an environmental pack to mop up water lapping at the doors of several properties:

"Water was getting up close to doors- luckily the water didn't enter any houses," said Jason Cunningham, Blue Watch crew manager.

Firefighters then placed plastic booms across the doors of properties threatened by flooding, to prevent water entering the houses.

No-one was hurt, or evacuated.

Firefighters left the scene at 4.30am.

Thames Water officials were called to the scene after an alarm sounded in a nearby water tower.

Thames Water spokeswoman, Becky Trotman, said no properties were left without water supplies, after the 12 inch diameter pipe burst at 3am.

The broken section of pipe was being removed and replaced with a new section of pipe today, with work being carried out on the pavement and the repair likely to be completed later today.

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