Thousands left without water as big thaw causes pipes to burst

More than 30,000 homes and businesses have been left without running water or low pressure after pipes burst across the country as the cold snap thawed, bringing heavy rainfall and floods.

The Met Office has issued a yellow-level warning for rain across southern parts of England and south Wales until 6am on Tuesday, while thousands of homes and businesses have been left under water by severe flooding as melting ice overwhelms water mains.

Sussex and Kent are worst affected. South East Water said there were 300 per cent more bursts than normal across its network in Kent and Sussex, with 15,000 left without water or with low pressure.

Another 20,000 Southern Water customers are also affected. Thames Water said it had received six times as many calls as usual over the weekend.

Apologizing to affected customers, David Hinton, South East Water’s chief executive, said: “Although we planned for this, we cannot predict when and where pipes will burst and are reacting as quickly as possible.

Our teams are working flat out to find, fix and repair the leaks on our pipes but we’re asking customers to help too by checking their homes, businesses, empty properties, outside taps and trotting in any fields for leaks and getting them repaired. as soon as possible.”


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