Main Melton town centre road closed to traffic after water pipe bursts

Flood waters in Shrerrard Street, Melton, after a pipe burst on Sunday evening.
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Flood waters in Shrerrard Street, Melton, after a pipe burst on Sunday evening. PHOTO Jonathan McGrady/JM News EMN-171030-091238001
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A main town centre road in Melton remains closed to traffic this morning (Monday) after a pipe burst last night sending water gushing down the road.

Motorists had trouble driving down Sherrard Street and pedestrians had to wade through deep water after it happened around 7pm.

Flood waters in Shrerrard Street, Melton, after a pipe burst on Sunday evening.
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Flood waters in Shrerrard Street, Melton, after a pipe burst on Sunday evening. PHOTO Jonathan McGrady/JM News EMN-171030-091225001

Workmen closed the road between Sage Cross Street and Windsor Street and dug a large hole close to the Poundland store to inspect the damaged pipe.

One of the workmen on site said this morning: “We have no idea at this stage when the road will be reopened.

“A small section of the pipe needs to be replaced and the road reinstated before we can open it again.”

A spokesperson for Severn Trent said: “Engineers are currently in Sherrard Road in Melton Mowbray after a water pipe burst yesterday evening.

Sherrard Street is closed to traffic after a pipe burst on Sunday evening and flooded the road EMN-171030-092351001

Sherrard Street is closed to traffic after a pipe burst on Sunday evening and flooded the road EMN-171030-092351001

“In order to make the repairs to the pipe safely, we’ve had to close the road.

“We know it’s never ideal to close roads but in this case we need to dig down to get the pipe fixed to make sure that there are no interruptions to people’s water supply.

“We’re really sorry for any inconvenience this may be causing, and a signposted diversion is in place.

“We’d like to thank everyone for their patience, and let them know that our teams are working as quickly as possible to get everything back to normal.”

More to follow.