Thousands without water in Littlehampton and West Worthing and A259 at Ferring closed due to flooding (From The Argus)
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Thousands without water in Littlehampton and West Worthing and A259 at Ferring closed due to flooding
7:29am Tuesday 9th July 2013 in News
A major road has been closed due to flooding.
Southern Water engineers and firefighters are battling to clear up a “significant” amount of flooding on the A259 near Ferring.
The eastbound carriageway between the A2700 Titnore Lane and the A280 Angmering Bypass has been closed and remain so for most of the morning.
The problem has left several thousand homes in the area without water and several schools have closed in the area including Field Place Primary, Oak Grove College and Palatine Primary.
Southern Water have announced in the last hour that water supply to most customers in Worthing, Littlehampton, Angmering, Ferring, Rustington and Goring is now restored.
Motorists contacting The Argus say that tailbacks are stretching back several miles to the A27.
Bottled water is being distributed at Asda on Ferring Road.
Southern Water engineers called West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service at about 5.45am this morning to report the problem and East Preston crew have gone to assist with the operation.
It is understood that the team have now managed to close the flow from the reservoir to limit the amount of water escaping.
Work to repair the damage is expected to be completed by this evening.
Southern Water released this statement at 12.30am: "Southern Water crews have been on site since 5am this morning following a major burst on a 24 inch water main on the A259 at Ferring.
"The main has been isolated and work to repair the burst has begun.
"We anticipate that the repair will be complete by the early evening.
"Due to the location of the burst, the Eastbound carriageway of the A259 is likely to remain closed during the evening rush hour.
"We have re-zoned the water supplies via an 18 inch water main and over the course of the morning supplies to the majority of customers have been restored.
"Some customers may still be experiencing lower pressure than normal and there may initially be some air in supplies so we advise customers to let the tap run for a short period before using.
"We have been supplying bottled water during the morning to our vulnerable customers and meals on wheels services in the area.
"We apologise to all our customers who are being affected by the incident and are continuing to work to resolve the problem as quickly as possible.
"We’d like to thank our customers for their patience and co-operation at this difficult time."
If you have been affected contact The Argus on 01273 544530 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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