Homes flooded by burst pipes

Flood damaged houses at Brook Hill, Thorpe Hesley following a major water pipe leak in the village.
Flood damaged houses at Brook Hill, Thorpe Hesley following a major water pipe leak in the village.
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A BURST water main caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to a row of homes in Rotherham.

The pipe cracked outside a row of six homes on Brook Hill, Thorpe Hesley, at around 11.30pm on Saturday and sent a river of water gushing down the street and into nearby homes.

Properties began filling up with water from the front and back and cellars were also affected.

One woman said the ground floor of her home was under six inches of water when firefighters arrived to try to pump it out.

“Luckily it was clean water rather than sewage or anything like that but mud, leaves and debris still got inside,” she said.

“It will cost thousands to repair - my wooden floor is ruined.

“It also affected our electricity supply too - the main lights work but none of the sockets do.”

Yorkshire Water engineers carried out emergency repairs to stem the leak.

They had to dig up the road outside the homes to reach the pipe while other residents unaffected by the flood slept.

Peter Pryor, who lives on the next block of houses down from those affected by the flood, said water got into his cellar. He spent yesterday trying to dry it out and salvage any tools he could which were not wet.

“I saw the police wandering up and down the street and looked out to see all the water gushing down outside,” he said.

“It was going into my cellar where I keep some electrical tools.

“Neighbours of mine just a few doors away got flooded out here in 2007 and spent 14 weeks out of their homes because they were so badly damaged.

“I’m just hoping they’re not going to be affected again.”