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Traffic chaos after burst water main cuts off school supplies

Severn Trent apologised for the disruption caused by the fractured pipe in Redditch.

Photo tweeted by Worcestershire’s Highways and Travel Information Service showing flooding in Redditch due to a burst water main. (Credit: Worcestershire County Council/PA)
Photo tweeted by Worcestershire’s Highways and Travel Information Service showing flooding in Redditch due to a burst water main. (Credit: Worcestershire County Council/PA)

Seven schools have been forced to close after a burst water main cut off supplies and caused severe disruption to traffic.

Video posted on social media by Worcestershire County Council on Thursday showed water cascading out of the burst main in Redditch, on to a roundabout on Warwick Highway.

Severn Trent apologised for the disruption caused by the fractured pipe, which cut off supplies to local homes as well as schools in nearby areas, including Arrow Vale, Church Hill and Ipsley.

The firm said in a statement: “Our engineers are currently working to bypass the burst pipe, which should start to bring water back on for most customers.

“While they’re doing that, we’ll be working to move water round our network in a different way to normal to get everyone back on supply.

“We’d like to apologise to everyone affected, whether in their homes or on their way to work.”

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