Flood will cause week of disruption
PUBLISHED: 10:50 03 December 2009 | UPDATED: 11:19 12 August 2010
A BURST water main flooded homes in the early hours of this morning (December 3) at a junction of the busy A21 which is set to be closed to traffic for a week. The 18-inch cast-iron water main burst in Bromley Common, opposite The Crown pub, at approxima
A BURST water main flooded homes in the early hours of this morning (December 3) at a junction of the busy A21 which is set to be closed to traffic for a week.
The 18-inch cast-iron water main burst in Bromley Common, opposite The Crown pub, at approximately 1.18am.
Residents in nearby Victoria Road were woken by short bursts of police sirens and found the street submerged by up to seven inches of water.
Firefighters from Bromley, Orpington and Beckenham cordoned off the area and sand banked the road to reduce further flooding of the area.
Some 25 homes and a nearby nursery are said to be flooded.
Emergency accommodation is available at Bromley council's civic centre in Stockwell Close and the Red Cross is on hand to provide aid.
Traffic is being diverted between Crown Lane Spur and Homesdale Road through Southborough Lane and Blackbrook Lane towards Widmore Road and the High Street.
A spokesman for Thames Water said that the main has been shut off and residents in postcode areas of BR1, BR2 and BR7 may experience loss of water supply or reduced water pressure.
The spokesperson added: "We expect the road to remain closed for up to a week."
A statement on the council website said: "It is anticipated that the road will be closed for some time to allow for repairs and therefore you may need to allow extra time for journeys.
"Inevitably, with localised travel disruption, there will be some disruption to local services which will include waste collections and transport services, with travel to Bromley College being difficult.
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