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Major road flooded, school evacuated and house partially destroyed after water main bursts

Video footage from SnapperSK

Emergency services are currently dealing with a burst water main that has flooded a busy road in Tipton in the West Midlands.

At around 2pm this afternoon (October 14) a water pipe on the side of Park Lane West near Baker Street and Manor Road burst sending water gushing 20 foot into the air.

A number of smaller roads nearby have been flooded.

A house was also partially destroyed during the incident. Bricks and debris from the outer wall of a house were sent flying onto the main road.

West Midlands Fire Service tweeted to say crews were at the scene, along with members of the local Technical Rescue Unit and Sheldon Fire Station.

Sandwell Council have warned people to avoid the area as repair work continues.

Video footage from Twitter/@GreigHanson

In a statement South Staffordshire Water apologised for the incident:

We have located the burst and we are in the process of isolating the main. Some customers may be without water while we carry out the repair.

Customers in the wider area may also be experiencing low pressure or discolouration.

We are really sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Customers may experience intermittent supply issues while we carry out the repair.

– South Staffordshire Water

They have said repairs will carry on throughout the night.

The incident has caused disruption in the local area:

  • Diamond Buses has said that its number 229 and 42 services had been disrupted.
  • Tipton Green Junior School will be closed to children and staff tomorrow (Tuesday 15 October).
  • The Highways team in Sandwell has said to expect delays within the area.
  • Silvertrees Academy which teaches 2-7 year olds had to be evacuated, but has confirmed it will be open as normal tomorrow.

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