Burst water-main flooded York city-centre streets

Burst water-main flooded York city-centre streets

12.23pm UPDATE: Burst water-main floods York city-centre streets

12.23pm UPDATE: Burst water-main floods York city-centre streets

12.23pm UPDATE: Burst water-main floods York city-centre streets

12.23pm UPDATE: Burst water-main floods York city-centre streets

12.23pm UPDATE: Burst water-main floods York city-centre streets

12.23pm UPDATE: Burst water-main floods York city-centre streets

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A MASSIVE burst water main flooded part of York city-centre, damaged a road surface and caused major traffic disruption.

The southern end of Piccadilly was closed at its junction with Fishergate, with standing water across the road. Castle Mills Bridge was also closed as is Tower Street, to prevent traffic reaching the flooded area.

Lead Mill Lane is still closed and is likely to stay closed for sometime.

The restrictions on Coppergate and Lendal Bridge were lifted and although the diversions have now ended, motorists using those roads today will not be fined.

A burst 15-inch main at the junction of Lead Mill Lane and George Street caused water to flood down Lead Mill Lane towards Piccadilly.

Parts of the road surface were badly damaged by water forced out from under the road.

Water has flooded into the home of Lead Mill Lane resident Hayley Collins, 26.

She said: "My neighbour knocked on the door at about 10.20am. There was a bit of water on the road and he said we might need to stock up on water.

"The next knock on the door was a policeman."

Her front door was blocked with sandbags but they have managed to mop up water in the house with towels, she added.

Police and the fire service were both called to the scene.

At its height, four fire engines from York and a heavy volume pump from Harrogate were on site.

Watch manager Kevin Caulfield said fire crews had worked to keep water out of homes and had pumped flood water away from the roads into the river.

A spokesman for Yorkshire Water said they were alerted at 10.50am and has so far heard from 26 customers who have either no water or low water pressure in their homes.

Engineers have been sent out, a company spokesman said, and have isolated the burst pipe and will now dig down to start fix the burst.

The company is aiming to have the work done today, but it is unlikely to finish place before rush hour this evening.

A spokesman for the company warned that people in York could have discoloured or milky water in their taps while the repair work is carried out.

"Running the taps should get rid of the discolouration, and there is more advice on our website," they added.

Anyone with problems to their water supply or flooding inside should contact Yorkshire Water.

City of York Council said it sent 200 sandbags to the area.

Head of Transport Tony Clarke added: “We’d like to thank all emergency services and Yorkshire Water for their quick response to yesterday’s burst water main. York has had it’s fair share of flooding in recent years and is well equipped to deal with incidents like this.” 

The burst is caused problems for First York services 3, 4 and 7. Routes were diverted but are now back to normal.

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9:46am Thu 7 Nov 13

sheps lad says...

Created a new record for bus services. Among others I stood in Piccadilly waiting for the No 44 Unibus. In the course of 20 minutes no buses went to the university but 10 yes10 went the other way!
Created a new record for bus services. Among others I stood in Piccadilly waiting for the No 44 Unibus. In the course of 20 minutes no buses went to the university but 10 yes10 went the other way! sheps lad
  • Score: 3

10:21am Thu 7 Nov 13

roskoboskovic says...

for all the money we pay out on water rates and council tax it would seem that very little is invested in the infrastructure.after one burst main yesterday presumably todays burst was caused by the increase in pressure whilst the former was repaired.instead of telling us how much they are doing for us perhaps these companies should just get their house in order.
for all the money we pay out on water rates and council tax it would seem that very little is invested in the infrastructure.after one burst main yesterday presumably todays burst was caused by the increase in pressure whilst the former was repaired.instead of telling us how much they are doing for us perhaps these companies should just get their house in order. roskoboskovic
  • Score: 4

12:47pm Thu 7 Nov 13

Daisy75 says...

Ironic that the council was forced to divert using Lendal bridge and Coppergate. Even the council were forced to accept there aren't many alternative routes round York, once you take out the medieval centre!
Ironic that the council was forced to divert using Lendal bridge and Coppergate. Even the council were forced to accept there aren't many alternative routes round York, once you take out the medieval centre! Daisy75
  • Score: 9

1:12pm Thu 7 Nov 13

pbrowne2009@live.co.uk says...

Daisy75 - I was going to say the same thing. I'm surprised they didn't open Stonebow to the public before lendal bridge. Just shows doesn't it?

roskoboskovic - This my friend is the same sad story for the UK's infrastructure in general. Look at the roads, BT's copper cables, Electricity, Sewers. These fat cats only care about 1 thing. PROFIT. Keep maintenance to a minimum, only fix it if its broke, use cheap materials to fix the problem, use cheap sub-contractors to under-take the work.
Daisy75 - I was going to say the same thing. I'm surprised they didn't open Stonebow to the public before lendal bridge. Just shows doesn't it? roskoboskovic - This my friend is the same sad story for the UK's infrastructure in general. Look at the roads, BT's copper cables, Electricity, Sewers. These fat cats only care about 1 thing. PROFIT. Keep maintenance to a minimum, only fix it if its broke, use cheap materials to fix the problem, use cheap sub-contractors to under-take the work. pbrowne2009@live.co.uk
  • Score: 6

1:32pm Thu 7 Nov 13

Buzzz Light-year says...

Amazing how quickly they drained it once they got it under control.
Amazing how quickly they drained it once they got it under control. Buzzz Light-year
  • Score: 2

1:44pm Thu 7 Nov 13

MrsHoney says...

I didn't think much to the reporting of this, people where I work were left wondering if the roads were closed or not, would they have to go a different way home, would they have to come a different way in the morning (the other burst pipe this morning didn't help matters!) I took a chance and glad I did as there were no problems this morning, despite it saying on the radio that the road was still closed and would be till Monday (I assume they actually meant LeadMill Lane but that's not what they said). Not the Press but generally unhelpful information all round.
I didn't think much to the reporting of this, people where I work were left wondering if the roads were closed or not, would they have to go a different way home, would they have to come a different way in the morning (the other burst pipe this morning didn't help matters!) I took a chance and glad I did as there were no problems this morning, despite it saying on the radio that the road was still closed and would be till Monday (I assume they actually meant LeadMill Lane but that's not what they said). Not the Press but generally unhelpful information all round. MrsHoney
  • Score: 2

2:15pm Thu 7 Nov 13

inthesticks says...

pbrowne2009@live.co.
uk
wrote:
Daisy75 - I was going to say the same thing. I'm surprised they didn't open Stonebow to the public before lendal bridge. Just shows doesn't it?

roskoboskovic - This my friend is the same sad story for the UK's infrastructure in general. Look at the roads, BT's copper cables, Electricity, Sewers. These fat cats only care about 1 thing. PROFIT. Keep maintenance to a minimum, only fix it if its broke, use cheap materials to fix the problem, use cheap sub-contractors to under-take the work.
I don`t know how you expect them to give their shareholders a big cheque every year if they do something silly like putting money into infrastructure.
[quote][p][bold]pbrowne2009@live.co. uk[/bold] wrote: Daisy75 - I was going to say the same thing. I'm surprised they didn't open Stonebow to the public before lendal bridge. Just shows doesn't it? roskoboskovic - This my friend is the same sad story for the UK's infrastructure in general. Look at the roads, BT's copper cables, Electricity, Sewers. These fat cats only care about 1 thing. PROFIT. Keep maintenance to a minimum, only fix it if its broke, use cheap materials to fix the problem, use cheap sub-contractors to under-take the work.[/p][/quote]I don`t know how you expect them to give their shareholders a big cheque every year if they do something silly like putting money into infrastructure. inthesticks
  • Score: 4

10:12pm Thu 7 Nov 13

tizme says...

Wonder if the Melrosegate burst was caused by roadworks recently carried out in the area. Or maybe by fly tipping by that bloke from Barstow Avenue. Maybe dumped too much.
Wonder if the Melrosegate burst was caused by roadworks recently carried out in the area. Or maybe by fly tipping by that bloke from Barstow Avenue. Maybe dumped too much. tizme
  • Score: 3

12:06am Sun 10 Nov 13

yorkandnotproudofit says...

maybe there was more sinister things afoot here maybe a certain clr was trying different ways to stop cars from heading into town ;)
maybe there was more sinister things afoot here maybe a certain clr was trying different ways to stop cars from heading into town ;) yorkandnotproudofit
  • Score: 1

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