Burst water main floods home and causes road to bow
- 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.
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."
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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.
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."
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.
"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.