UPDATED: Burst water main floods Colchester homes

Gazette: UPDATED: Burst water main floods Colchester homes UPDATED: Burst water main floods Colchester homes

DIGGERS have been put to work at the site of a burst water pipe.

Work has began to repair the damaged pipe after it left homes and one of Colchester's main arteries flooded.

Sandbags are still piled high outside affected homes on Maldon Road.

Police were called to a roundabout on Southway in Colchester at 7.30pm on Friday November 23 after reports of a taxi stuck in a puddle.

But when they arrived at they found the area covered with water.

Residents were offered shelter after basements flooded but declined the help from Colchester Borough Council.

Traffic sgt Jason Dearsley said: "There was a taxi with a fare on board stuck in the water.

"We turned up with a 4x4 and had to push the taxi out.

"At the time we didn't know if the water was sewage - it reached up to knee height."

Around 16 homes were affected and road closures were put in place at Southway, Maldon Road, Wellington Street, Balkerne Hill and Maldon Road.

Council officials provided sandbags and were offered an emergency rest centre.

Anglian Water had turned off the water main by 10pm.

It is believed at least some of the homes now have running water.

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1:56am Sat 24 Nov 12

EdLoach says...

Did the taxi keep his meter running? Was it a water meter?
Did the taxi keep his meter running? Was it a water meter? EdLoach
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6:29am Sat 24 Nov 12

Say It As It Is OK? says...

"Council officials provided sandbags and were offered an emergency rest centre."

Its called the Town Hall!
"Council officials provided sandbags and were offered an emergency rest centre." Its called the Town Hall! Say It As It Is OK?
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7:47am Sat 24 Nov 12

Charley-f says...

Been to walk the dog this morning as I live by the police station..... There is raw sewage over the paths and road still which is only contributing to Colchesters already dirty paths and roads. Please remind me why I am paying my council tax.... Can any one remember when they last saw a road sweeper?
Been to walk the dog this morning as I live by the police station..... There is raw sewage over the paths and road still which is only contributing to Colchesters already dirty paths and roads. Please remind me why I am paying my council tax.... Can any one remember when they last saw a road sweeper? Charley-f
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9:50am Sat 24 Nov 12

Reginald47 says...

Talk about taking anti-council sentiment to the nth degree! Yes I saw a roadsweeper in my area last week, but I certainly wouldn't want them used for cleaning up raw sewage. For God's sake the flood only happened last night - give them a chance!
Talk about taking anti-council sentiment to the nth degree! Yes I saw a roadsweeper in my area last week, but I certainly wouldn't want them used for cleaning up raw sewage. For God's sake the flood only happened last night - give them a chance! Reginald47
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11:17am Sat 24 Nov 12

wellnow says...

damb bad for eh reg?
damb bad for eh reg? wellnow
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11:22am Sat 24 Nov 12

Ontheball says...

Did the Fire Service bother to turn out for this?? Nothing on their website (which is nothing unusual), so I assume they didn't.
Did the Fire Service bother to turn out for this?? Nothing on their website (which is nothing unusual), so I assume they didn't. Ontheball
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12:07pm Sat 24 Nov 12

wearebeingwatched says...

Ontheball wrote:
Did the Fire Service bother to turn out for this?? Nothing on their website (which is nothing unusual), so I assume they didn't.
Were they called?
[quote][p][bold]Ontheball[/bold] wrote: Did the Fire Service bother to turn out for this?? Nothing on their website (which is nothing unusual), so I assume they didn't.[/p][/quote]Were they called? wearebeingwatched
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12:36pm Sat 24 Nov 12

Boris says...

Reginald47 wrote:
Talk about taking anti-council sentiment to the nth degree! Yes I saw a roadsweeper in my area last week, but I certainly wouldn't want them used for cleaning up raw sewage. For God's sake the flood only happened last night - give them a chance!
Quite right.
[quote][p][bold]Reginald47[/bold] wrote: Talk about taking anti-council sentiment to the nth degree! Yes I saw a roadsweeper in my area last week, but I certainly wouldn't want them used for cleaning up raw sewage. For God's sake the flood only happened last night - give them a chance![/p][/quote]Quite right. Boris
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1:27pm Sat 24 Nov 12

Belenius says...

Charley-f wrote:
Been to walk the dog this morning as I live by the police station..... There is raw sewage over the paths and road still which is only contributing to Colchesters already dirty paths and roads. Please remind me why I am paying my council tax.... Can any one remember when they last saw a road sweeper?
Firstly, it is a mains water pipe not a sewage pipe. It is doubtful there was any sewage on the paths, mud and debris, yes. Secondly, give the Council a chance, this has just happened during the night; in our instant gratification world everyone wants things done now, problem is that Council employs human beings not superman.
[quote][p][bold]Charley-f[/bold] wrote: Been to walk the dog this morning as I live by the police station..... There is raw sewage over the paths and road still which is only contributing to Colchesters already dirty paths and roads. Please remind me why I am paying my council tax.... Can any one remember when they last saw a road sweeper?[/p][/quote]Firstly, it is a mains water pipe not a sewage pipe. It is doubtful there was any sewage on the paths, mud and debris, yes. Secondly, give the Council a chance, this has just happened during the night; in our instant gratification world everyone wants things done now, problem is that Council employs human beings not superman. Belenius
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3:22pm Sat 24 Nov 12

rowhedge-dave says...

So the police didn't know if it was water or sewage,

If that's the case I would suggest that you refuse any offer of a cup of tea at the police station as it could taste nasty!
So the police didn't know if it was water or sewage, If that's the case I would suggest that you refuse any offer of a cup of tea at the police station as it could taste nasty! rowhedge-dave
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5:40pm Sat 24 Nov 12

PROOFREADER says...

Road closures put in place at Southway, Maldon Road, Wellington Street, Balkerne Hill and Maldon Road?
Road closures put in place at Southway, Maldon Road, Wellington Street, Balkerne Hill and Maldon Road? PROOFREADER
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1:10am Sun 25 Nov 12

Kerriemillwallp says...

Instead of moaning about it why not think of the staff that worked thru the night in dealing with this situation. For god sake guys. My man was at work expecting to be home by 11 his work is a help center for things such as this got home at 2am. And no he don't wrk in town hall!
Instead of moaning about it why not think of the staff that worked thru the night in dealing with this situation. For god sake guys. My man was at work expecting to be home by 11 his work is a help center for things such as this got home at 2am. And no he don't wrk in town hall! Kerriemillwallp
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1:12am Sun 25 Nov 12

Kerriemillwallp says...

Belenius wrote:
Charley-f wrote:
Been to walk the dog this morning as I live by the police station..... There is raw sewage over the paths and road still which is only contributing to Colchesters already dirty paths and roads. Please remind me why I am paying my council tax.... Can any one remember when they last saw a road sweeper?
Firstly, it is a mains water pipe not a sewage pipe. It is doubtful there was any sewage on the paths, mud and debris, yes. Secondly, give the Council a chance, this has just happened during the night; in our instant gratification world everyone wants things done now, problem is that Council employs human beings not superman.
Well said. If superman did wrk for council my man would have been home on time cos he would have flew him here lol
[quote][p][bold]Belenius[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Charley-f[/bold] wrote: Been to walk the dog this morning as I live by the police station..... There is raw sewage over the paths and road still which is only contributing to Colchesters already dirty paths and roads. Please remind me why I am paying my council tax.... Can any one remember when they last saw a road sweeper?[/p][/quote]Firstly, it is a mains water pipe not a sewage pipe. It is doubtful there was any sewage on the paths, mud and debris, yes. Secondly, give the Council a chance, this has just happened during the night; in our instant gratification world everyone wants things done now, problem is that Council employs human beings not superman.[/p][/quote]Well said. If superman did wrk for council my man would have been home on time cos he would have flew him here lol Kerriemillwallp
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12:19pm Sun 25 Nov 12

julieee says...

Police called out to taxi stuck, did they not notice beforehand?
Police called out to taxi stuck, did they not notice beforehand? julieee
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8:47am Mon 26 Nov 12

wellnow says...

i think the first question to be asked is how old is the water pipe and what was the pressure it was trying to provide water at.looking at the pictures of the pipe it does not look like modern ware.
i think the first question to be asked is how old is the water pipe and what was the pressure it was trying to provide water at.looking at the pictures of the pipe it does not look like modern ware. wellnow
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10:03am Mon 26 Nov 12

Scoot says...

Why is everyone blaming the Council ? A water main is the domain of the water company (as is a sewer) so they are the ones to point the finger at. Clearing up would have to be organised again by the water company. When are people going to get their facts right and realise the Council only deals with emptying bins and parking (ok a few other things as well).....
Why is everyone blaming the Council ? A water main is the domain of the water company (as is a sewer) so they are the ones to point the finger at. Clearing up would have to be organised again by the water company. When are people going to get their facts right and realise the Council only deals with emptying bins and parking (ok a few other things as well)..... Scoot
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10:03am Mon 26 Nov 12

romantic says...

Belenius wrote:
Charley-f wrote:
Been to walk the dog this morning as I live by the police station..... There is raw sewage over the paths and road still which is only contributing to Colchesters already dirty paths and roads. Please remind me why I am paying my council tax.... Can any one remember when they last saw a road sweeper?
Firstly, it is a mains water pipe not a sewage pipe. It is doubtful there was any sewage on the paths, mud and debris, yes. Secondly, give the Council a chance, this has just happened during the night; in our instant gratification world everyone wants things done now, problem is that Council employs human beings not superman.
Exactly right. People moan about this without really thinking about it. It´s a flood, it´s out of the blue. Somebody has to fix it, and it takes time. Our systems work 99.9% of the time and we tend to use them without ever thinking about them. That is a good thing, but it does mean some people seem to expect that it can be solved immediately. Remember, when these systems break, somebody will be losing their family time to fix it as fast as possible.
[quote][p][bold]Belenius[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Charley-f[/bold] wrote: Been to walk the dog this morning as I live by the police station..... There is raw sewage over the paths and road still which is only contributing to Colchesters already dirty paths and roads. Please remind me why I am paying my council tax.... Can any one remember when they last saw a road sweeper?[/p][/quote]Firstly, it is a mains water pipe not a sewage pipe. It is doubtful there was any sewage on the paths, mud and debris, yes. Secondly, give the Council a chance, this has just happened during the night; in our instant gratification world everyone wants things done now, problem is that Council employs human beings not superman.[/p][/quote]Exactly right. People moan about this without really thinking about it. It´s a flood, it´s out of the blue. Somebody has to fix it, and it takes time. Our systems work 99.9% of the time and we tend to use them without ever thinking about them. That is a good thing, but it does mean some people seem to expect that it can be solved immediately. Remember, when these systems break, somebody will be losing their family time to fix it as fast as possible. romantic
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