Damaged hydrant sends gush of water

Burst water main on Ixworth high street
Burst water main on Ixworth high street
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AS WATER gushed past houses and shops, villagers in Ixworth stood stunned by the ‘spectacle’ of thousands of gallons of water shooting skyward.

Contractors were carrying out resurfacing work on the road when a hydrant became damaged at around 11.20am on Tuesday.

Burst water main on Ixworth high street

Burst water main on Ixworth high street

Mary Bird was in a shop when the jet of water erupted outside of her 16th century cottage .

“I couldn’t get out the post office because Commister Lane was a river and the road was a river and everybody was jumping out of the way - there was a massive great big 60ft plume going up,” she said.

Martin Chaplin, Tarmac supervisor, was at the far end of the high street when he saw a ‘big boom of water’.

Quickly, his team positioned a steam roller to stem the flow while they awaited the arrival of an Anglian Water engineer.

Several hundred homes were without any water on one of the hottest days of the year, with many more experiencing lower than normal pressure.

John Clare, from Anglian Water, said a riser connecting the hydrant had become dislodged during roadworks.

“We managed to stop the flow at about 4.30pm and restore supplies to most of those affected,” he said.

Some 35 homes continued to be affected until around 10pm by which time repairs were complete and the system depressurised.

Teresa Plummer, chair of Ixworth Parish Council said: “Accidents happen, it was one of those unfortunate things.”