Burst water main floods home and causes road to bow

A burst water main in Cromer has flooded a home and damaged the road, with many homes with little or no water

A burst water main in Cromer has flooded a home and damaged the road, with many homes with little or no water - Credit: Sharon Powles

Aghast neighbours have leapt into action and barricaded their gardens after a torrent of water gushed from a nearby water main.

The water has caused the road to bow and is flooding into the porch of a home in Cromer.

Hundreds of properties in the seaside town are currently without water or have low pressure since the incident began this morning (July 23).

People living in Mill Road have closed it off to traffic themselves and have placed sandbags in front of their home as they eagerly await engineers to respond.

Mill Road residents have put sandbags in front of their homes to protect them from flooding

Mill Road residents have put sandbags in front of their homes to protect them from flooding - Credit: Sharon Powles

Sharon Powles, 54, who lives on the street said: "There is a torrent of water pouring out and people have come out to watch it as it gets worse. It's a bit of a shock.

"The road has bubbled up in three different places and at one point it has bowed so much the tarmac is above the level of the pavement.

"A holiday let at the bottom has had its porch flooded and people have put out sandbags to protect their properties."

The road has been blocked off to prevent drivers from travelling along it

The road has been blocked off to prevent drivers from travelling along it - Credit: Sharon Powles

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Approximately 350 properties in the town have been affected, with the impact stretching from homes on the coast to near Felbrigg.


The area affected by the burst water main in Cromer

The area affected by the burst water main in Cromer - Credit: Anglian Water

Engineers arrived on site by 10.30am and began working to fix the problem.

An Anglian Water spokesperson said: "We are incredibly sorry for the frustration this has caused, especially on such a hot weekend.

"Engineers have identified the problem and are working hard to resolve the issue.

"We expect water pressure to be restored by 3pm today."

Locals are filling up their watering cans as a torrent of water floods out from the burst water main

Locals are filling up their watering cans as a torrent of water floods out from the burst water main - Credit: Sharon Powles

Ms Powles added: "My neighbour called the water board this morning at about 6.30am.

"People have moved their cars out of the way and Sanders Coaches have been informed so buses don't come down the road.

A Mill Road resident fills up watering cans as water rushes out from a drain following a burst water main in Cromer

A Mill Road resident fills up watering cans as water rushes out from a drain following a burst water main in Cromer - Credit: Sharon Powles

"Some are making sure the water doesn't go to waste and are filling up their watering cans."

Sanders Coaches has said no buses will serve Main Road until further notice following the incident.

Instead the company has diverted services via Norwich Road.