LATEST NEWS: Main burst cuts water supply to much of 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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There is major disruption to water supplies and travel in Hunstanton this evening, Wednesday, August 20, after a main which runs alongside the A149 burst earlier today.

Fire crews were sent to pump out a house on Kings Lynn Road, which was flooded to a depth of two feet, following the burst, which is thought to have happened at around 2pm this afternoon.

Much of the town currently has either low or no water pressure and the A149 is closed in both directions at the Park Road junction because of flooding caused by the incident.

Anglian Water engineers are currently at the scene and officials say they hope the problem will be fixed by around 9pm tonight.

A spokesman said: “We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Our priority is to get customers back on.”

Three fire engines, from Hunstanton, Heacham and Sandringham, had to be called to bring the flooding at one property on King’s Lynn Road under control.

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.”

Senior Fire Officer Rigil Kent, who lives nearby, said: “We needed all three appliances to deal with this flood. The footpath has been condemned as unsafe following this incident.”

And the resort’s county councillor, Richard Bird, says more permanent action is needed to tackle the problem.

He said: “This rupture is 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 and we really must challenge Anglian Water to treat it with the gravity that it deserves.”