Trader hits out as second Dersingham water main bursts in three weeks

More silt covers Dersingham's Station Road in the aftermath of the second water mains burst to occur in the space of three weeks. ANL-141112-085851001

More silt covers Dersingham's Station Road in the aftermath of the second water mains burst to occur in the space of three weeks. ANL-141112-085851001

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A shop owner has accused company bosses of negligence after a second water main burst in her village in just three weeks.

The pipe in Station Road, Dersingham, is thought to have ruptured early on Wednesday morning, spilling hundreds of gallons of water into the road.

Anglian Water officials yesterday apologised for the disruption and said an ongoing £26,000 project in the area would reduce the risk of similar bursts in the future.

But Sandra Green, who runs the Tropics fish and chip shop on the corner of Station Road and Hunstanton Road, said the problem should have been resolved much earlier.

Mrs Green claimed that Anglian Water had been aware of a leak in the area since the summer and had put a sign up saying it would be fixed, but no work had been carried out.

She said: “It’s negligent on their part this time.”

Engineers spent much of the day trying to find the source of the leak, which was first reported at around 6.30am.

Then, shortly after 5pm, fire crews from Heacham and Sandringham were called to pump water away from the area.

Lynn fire station manager Joe Warns said: “The level of water was such that it was very close to flooding people’s homes, but we managed to stop that happening.”

Residents in Dersingham and nearby Ingoldisthorpe were also left without water for two hours.

Antony Innes, of Anglian Water said yesterday: “We’re sorry that two separate burst mains in Dersingham have affected homes and businesses in the Station Road area recently.

“The problems have been on different pipes, and while understandably distressing, they are not related.

“Our insurers are in touch with customers to put right any damage and engineers have completed repairs to both pipes.

“We understand the concerns of local residents following these problems and are already working in the area to significantly reduce the risk of similar bursts and leaks across the village in future.

“The project, which is designed to better manage the pressure in the area’s network, is expected to be completed in the New Year.”

The latest burst happened just yards away from where the first pipe ruptured in mid-November.

And Mrs Green warned: “Something has got to be done this time. If we get heavy rain now it floods terribly.”