A major road has been closed and mass clean up operation is taking place after a 20 inch water main burst flooding a street in Portsmouth. The man-made river gushed down the street this morning after the major water main burst just after midnight.
Police and Portsmouth Council workers rushed to London Road near to the junction of Stubbington Avenue and Gladys Avenue Portsmouth in the early hours of Thursday morning after they where alerted to leak by a local resident.
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The woman called the council after she mistook the flooded street as heavy down pour.
Portsmouth Water turned off the water soon after the pipe burst but not before it managed to flood the street, They have now set about working on the break and to fix it as soon as possible.
The burst has raised the tarmac in the road as well as covering it in water and with a mixing of silt and mud
The burst has also caused significant damage to the both side of the road and the footpaths near to the junction.
A hard road closure has been put in place as a mass clean up and repair operation takes place.
The Road is closed to all vehicle as well as local buses and could be for many days.
Driver are being asked to plan ahead and give themselves extra time whilst the emergency repairs are carried out by Portsmouth Water.
It is hoped that works to repair the main will start at first light.
Portsmouth City Council Highway Inspectors from Colas are hoping to install a traffic light system to at least have single lane of traffic running through the area. It is hoped that this will be put in place ready for the weekend.
Water engineers have isolated the section of damaged piping and supplies to the properties in and around the area have not been affected. Massive grab lorries have been brought in to clean the mud and remaining silt from the effected area.