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UPDATED WITH VIDEO: Homes damaged after water main burst
4:56pm Wednesday 4th September 2013 in News
HOUSES and gardens were damaged after a burst water main caused chaos in Weymouth.
Residents spoke of the water flowing 'like a river' following the burst beneath Moorcombe Drive, Preston.
Christine Markham got this video of the water surging down the road.
Bill Harris, whose bungalow on the corner of Rhosewood Drive was completely flooded, said the water reached up to 39cm at the height of the incident.
He said: “It just happened so fast. The water was just gushing through the house.”
Wife Sheila said she grabbed the valuables and moved them to safety before mopping the water back to limit the damage.
Mr Harris added: “The carpets are ruined, the furniture, washing machine. We've been told we can't stay here tonight. I just don't know what we're going to do.”
A number of 999 calls were made to report the flooding at 3.10pm.
Moorcombe Drive residents Mary and Antony Warran were returning from a day out to find the road closed by police.
Mr Warran said: “We jumped out of the car because our house is right at the end of the road, where the water was flowing to.
“Luckily a man across the road had placed a board across the door to limit the damage, so it's not too bad, although a lot of mud and debris is left in the garden.”
Director of Weymouth Fencing at Chalbury Corner George Harris said: “I've never seen so much water in my life; it was flowing like a river.
“The water got into our yard and warehouse but thankfully we managed to keep it out of the office.”
Another resident, who did not wish to be named, said he had alerted emergency services.
He said: “At first it was just a trickle and I thought it was someone washing their car.
“But just minutes later it was like a river coming down the road, it was overflowing.”
A spokesman for Wessex Water said the company was able to redirect supplies so many customers were not affected. However a small number of residents were without water.
The spokesman said once excess water had been pumped away, engineers were able to access the main and carry out repairs.
Dorset County Councillor for the area David Mannings praised the swift actions of the engineers.
He said: “They are doing all they can to get the mains back on. They are doing a really good job.”
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