Burst leaves 2,500 homes without water
PUBLISHED: 14:32 01 June 2006 | UPDATED: 10:14 06 May 2010
ANGLIAN Water blamed sudden underground movement for a burst water main that left 2,500 homes, offices and shops in Biggleswade with dry taps. The main fractured in three places in Hitchin Street and Langford Road at 2.15am last Thursday flooding the stre
ANGLIAN Water blamed sudden underground movement for a burst water main that left 2,500 homes, offices and shops in Biggleswade with dry taps.
The main fractured in three places in Hitchin Street and Langford Road at 2.15am last Thursday flooding the streets with up to six inches of water.
Engineers isolated the burst five hours later by which time a large area of the town was without water.
Children were turned away from St Andrew's Lower School in Brunts Lane, which closed for the day, and Brambley Tots Day Nursery in Fairfield Road which managed to reopen in the afternoon.
"The incident caused a few headaches. We were able to reopen in the afternoon but we didn't have many children because parents had found alternative arrangements," said nursery director Susannah Forth.
"We had to close because we did not have any running water which meant we could not use toilets, cook or make drinks for the children."
Bedfordshire County Council said St Andrew's Lower School closed for the same reasons and it was impossible to reopen the school later in the day but it opened again the following morning
The public toilets in the town centre were also closed for several hours but staff at Biggleswade Town Council's office in Saffron Road worked as normal and used nearby toilets at the town's bowls club.
Despite the burst turning roads into rivers there were no reports of any properties being flooded.
A spokesman for Anglian Water said: "The main burst in three places after ground movement caused by the dry weather but most people affected had water restored after five hours.
"It was a large main and we don't know how much water was lost.