Shops threatened with flooding and sewage

A row of Stevenage neighbourhood shops are threatened with flooding and sewage after a mains water pipe burst in a main road.

Water is pouring out of ruptured tarmac on Broadwater Crescent in Stevenage and encroaching on the Roebuck shops after the 4 inch pipe burst shortly before 12.30pm. The water has also caused a nearby sewer to flood – spreading effluence with the flooding.

Police have shut the road to traffic in both directions from Broad Oak Way to Roebuck Gate. A traffic diversion is in place.

Thirteen properties are currently without water.

Water company Veolia whose engineers are at the scene, said the road is likely to be closed for 24 hours while a repair is carried out and excess water drains away.

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