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Burst water main at Lagan Valley Hospital repaired

Surgery was cancelled for the day while repairs took place. Credit: NI Water

A burst water main at Lagan Valley Hospital - which caused serious flooding in the basement and damage to two nearby properties - has been repaired.

All surgery at the hospital was cancelled for the day while the work took place.

Engineers from Northern Ireland Water and the Fire Service had been on the ground from early morning to fix the leak.

They said water supply has now been fully restored.

Supply has now been restored. Credit: NI Water

A spokesperson for NI Water said: “Steps were taken to minimise the impact on hospital services while the repair was carried out.

“NI Water have also been in contact with the residents of the properties affected to assist them with the aftermath of flood damage.

“We are grateful to all those affected for their patience while this matter was resolved.”

Lagan Valley surgery cancelled over burst water main

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A burst water main has led to all surgery and endoscopy procedures being cancelled for the day at Lagan Valley Hospital in Lisburn.

A spokesperson for the South Eastern Trust said they are currently “in the process of contacting patients to let them know”.

Meanwhile, Northern Ireland Water is working to resolve the situation “as soon as possible”.

Engineers from NI Water worked through the night, alongside the fire service, to try and minimise and prevent further damage.

The basement of the hospital and two residential properties were affected.

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The trust's statement went on: “Contingency plans are in place and patients are being provided with bottled water for drinking.

“We have water storage tanks on site and NI Water is providing additional tankers to allow all other services in the hospital to operate normally, so that patients can be looked after appropriately.”

A statement from NI Water said: "Work has commenced to repair the main; however, the burst is located in a difficult position with other services nearby that will slow the progress of the repair.

"NI Water is working closely with hospital staff to minimise the impact on hospital services whilst the repair is being carried out."

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