Dramatic scenes as water main bursts in village sparking major floods
These were the dramatic scenes in a village today after a water main burst, sparking major flooding and causing supply loss to homes.
Cars were left submerged in water after the main burst in Newburn, Tyne and Wear, in what Northumbrian Water described as a ‘major incident’.
Some residents had to be evacuated and taken to a nearby leisure centre amid the flooding, but have since been allowed to return home.
Shocking footage showed water in the streets of the semi-rural village, with only the tops of several parked cars visible, Chronicle Live reports.
Newburn Bride Road, south of the river Tyne, was blocked in both directions between Station Road and Haugh Lane due to the floodwater.
Four fire crews were dispatched to the incident, with police officers and a team from Northumbrian Water also in attendance.
The water company shared pictures of the flooding on Twitter, and apologised for the loss of water supplies to some customers.
"This is what we are trying to deal with, we apologise for the loss of supplies whilst we repair the burst pipes," it posted.
While supplies have since been restored in some areas, some people continue to have no water due to ‘urgent repairs’.
A spokesperson for Northumbrian Water said: “We currently have a team attending a burst water pipe in the Newburn Bridge area.
“We apologise for the inconvenience caused to customers and motorists in the area. We will provide updates on Twitter at @nwater_care.
“Any customers affected can talk to our team on 0345 7171100.”
Fire crews from Newcastle Central, Washington, Gosforth and Byker attended the scene to deal with the burst water main:
The Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service Twitter account posted: "4 Fire Crews from #NewcastleCentral #Washington #Gosforth and #Byker Fire Stations are dealing with a burst water main on the north side of Newburn Bridge. Please avoid the area if possible."
It added: "RE the burst water main in #Newburn. @nwater_care have advised us that there may be a loss of water for residents in the #Gateshead area due to the fact their water may need to be isolated so Fire Crews can deal with the flooding."
The service later shared pictures of the scene, showing water dramatically bursting into the air and a silver car surrounded by water.
It posted: "We have four fire engines on scene at Newburn Bridge, and a heavy volume pump is being supplied by the Environment Agency.
"Crews are from Byker, Washington, Newcastle Central and Gosforth fire stations are all in attendance."
There was earlier said to be slow traffic between Station Road and Haugh Lane because of the burst water main.
This was affecting traffic from Newburn to Blaydon in both directions.
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