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Gaping hole left in Cinderford after Severn Trent Water worked around clock to restore supplies to homes

By The Citizen  |  Posted: May 06, 2014

  • The hole Severn Trent Water had to create to reach the burst pipes in Cinderford. Picture by Mark Turner

  • Severn Trent Water worked to restore water to thousands of Cinderford homes on Sunday and Monday. Picture by Mark Turner

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A GAPING hole has been left in Cinderford after engineers worked around the clock to mend a burst water pipe at the weekend.

Severn Trent engineers were met with the “tricky job” of repairing pipework buried deep beneath a stream near Steam Mills Primary School on Sunday.

Thousands of homes were affected but had their water supplies restored by Monday afternoon.

Water board spokesman Sarah-Jayne O’Kane said: “The pipe burst underneath a stream and because of that it was five to six metres deep, so it was quite a tricky job to do.

“Obviously going down deep you have to go wide, too, and there is quite a big hole, but our priority was to get water back.

“A few thousand homes were affected. There was an air bubble in the pipework and we had to get to where the problem was to let the air out.”

Shops reportedly ran out of bottled water after residents began panic buying while their taps ran dry.

Sarah-Jayne O’Kane said: “People had been without water for so long we thought it would be a good idea to provide free bottled water to keep people going until supplies were back.”

Thousands of litres of water were taken to the Forest Daycare Centre and Co-operative where 20 pallet loads were left in the car park for thirsty residents. Twelve homes in the Pope’s Hill area did not have water restored until Monday evening and Severn Trent has apologised to all affected.

Ms O’Kane said: “The pipe burst underneath a stream and because of that it was five to six metres deep, so it was quite a tricky job to do.

“Obviously going down deep you have to go wide, too, and there was quite a big hole but our priority was to get water back into the area.

“A few thousand homes were affected. There was an air bubble in the pipework and we had to get to where the problem was to let the air out.”

Water was injected into the pipework beyond the breach to restore supplies while specialist equipment was used to carry out the repairs.

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