Man hurt after burst water main floods street in Black Country

  • Video credit: Dave Strom

A man is believed to have suffered a broken wrist during flooding caused when an underground 20in water main was ruptured in the Black Country.

Several roads were closed off after the "significant" burst at Leabrook RoadNorth in Wednesbury, which was captured on video by witnesses.

Footage showed a deluge of high-pressure water pumping out of the ground and swamping the nearby road, which is in an area populated with businesses and homes, and lapping up against nearby parked cars.

The leak happened while workers were installing an electricity cable in the area, and a stranded mini digger was visible near the burst pipe.

Onlooker, Dave Strom, said it was out of control:

Someone’s dug a water main and at least eight cars have been written off.

Dave Strom

A search of affected vehicles and properties was carried out by firefightersand specialist rescue teams, who said a male was being treated for a wrist injury after falling down a hole.

A woman also needed rescuing from one of the nearby homes.

A spokeswoman for South Staffordshire Water said a main pipe had been damaged by a third party, but that all customers were still on supply after water was re-routed from elsewhere in the network.

She said:

The emergency services have swept the area, and there's no risk to life.

South Staffordshire Water spokeswoman

A spokesman for Western Distribution Power said:

We are currently working in the area to install a new electricity cable. Unfortunately a water pipe has been damaged as part of this work.

Western Distribution Power spokesperson