Homes Flooded After Large Water Pipe Bursts Causing Sinkhole In Birmingham

Cars were partially submerged and stretches of road ruined.

Homes have been flooded and left without water on one of the hottest days of the year after a large pipe burst in Birmingham.

Cars were partially submerged and stretches of road ruined as rescue teams rushed to help vulnerable residents in Wheeler Street, Newtown, on Saturday morning.

Up to 100 homes are affected and there are no injuries, West Midlands Fire and Rescue said, adding it was called at around 8am.

People should avoid the area as crews work to make the area safe, the service added.

Water levels dropped at around midday after the burst water main was found.

Severn Trent Water said it was “working hard” to restore supplies for all homes by Saturday afternoon.

The West Midlands Ambulance Service, meanwhile, tweeted about the successful rescue of a dog named Lola and her owner from their home.

A spokesman for Severn Trent Water said: “Given that the burst pipe is 30in (76cm) in diameter, it might take us a little time to get everyone back on, and people might come back on in stages rather than all at once, but we’ll be working hard to achieve that.

“In the meantime, we’re delivering bottled water to our vulnerable customers.

“We know how difficult it is to have no water and we’re sorry for the inconvenience this may be causing.”


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