Burst main floods home and cuts water supply to Hunstanton

Fire crews pump out flood water following the burst water main in Hunstanton
Fire crews pump out flood water following the burst water main in Hunstanton
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One home was flooded while thousands of others were left with low or no water pressure when the main pipe bringing supplies to Hunstanton burst on Wednesday afternoon.

Three fire crews had to be called to pump out a property on the King’s Lynn Road after the main failed at around 2pm.

Owner Paul Emerson said: “There have been three major floods in the last six years with several smaller ruptures in the pipe, causing damage on every occasion.”

Neighbour John Wallace added: “The water was two feet deep in my garden and the goldfish from the pond at number 15 were swimming all around it.

“We’ve had a major challenge to catch and repatriate them all.”

But the town’s county councillor, Richard Bird, said more needed to be done to find a long-term solution to the problem.

He said: “This rupture is just the latest in a series of incidents that has left local people and businesses with no water.

“It seems that this always happens on busy weekends or at the height of the summer season bringing major disruption to local businesses.

“Obviously there is a problem in the area. We really must challenge Anglian Water to treat it with the gravity that it deserves.”

Anglian Water engineers were on the site until the early hours of Thursday to complete repairs to the main. Repairs to the road and footpath, which was condemned as unsafe following the flood, are also taking place.

A company spokesman said: “We are very sorry that a burst to a main on King’s Lynn Road in Hunstanton resulted in a loss of water for customers.

“Due to the size of the pipe there was considerable damage to the road and as a result there is traffic management in place while we repair the surface.

“We take leakage very seriously and we will be assessing historical data on this section of pipeline to identify how we can prevent this situation occurring again.”