Nottinghamshire: Homes were evacuated after the main road burst
A burst water main led to spectacular scenes in Nottinghamshire this afternoon.
Water shot up about 50 feet into the air and homes were engulfed in minutes.
Residents of the town of Beeston later recounted how rocks whizzed through the air and water poured through windows at frightening speeds.
Families in ten buildings had to be evacuated as a result of the water main bursting.
Kathleen Collins, 99, had to be rescued from her Audon Avenue home by firefighters.
She told the BBC: “I’ve lived here since 1939 and I’ve never seen anything like it.
“I realized something was wrong when the drains in the garden started to rise.”
Jessica Stratford had her dog Cassie rescued by firefighters.
She told the BBC: “She was a lifesaver by one [year old]so this is the second rescue of her life and she is 16 now.’
Severn Trent workers and emergency services had rushed to the scene, where they armed with sandbags tried to stem the water.
Because of the flood, roads were closed and some transport links were disrupted.
Severn Trent told local media the leak was caused by the actions of a third party.
A spokesman said: “A third party damaged one of our larger pipes while they were working at a site in Beeston. Our teams continue to work in the area to minimize disruption.
“Customer water supplies are not affected at this time and we are working on the network to maintain the supply during the repair and bring tankers into the area.”
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