Flooding from burst water main - Milton Keynes

Thu 26 Dec, 2019

Flooding from burst water main in Milton Keynes

Update: The water main was isolated this afternoon and water has been draining into storm drains. Firefighters used portable pumps to pump out water at the affected properties, and rescued three Staffordshire Bull Terriers and two guinea pigs, all unharmed. The final crews left the scene at about 3.45pm, when the incident was handed over to Anglian Water’s Community Care Team.

In all, advice and guidance was given to more than 50 households, and a number of residents were temporarily rehomed. Several motor vehicles were partially submerged, with residents advised not to attempt to start them.

Anglian Water and Milton Keynes Emergency Planning Officers also attended the incident, providing support and welfare, with clean-up teams and loss adjusters on site working with residents to start the recovery process almost immediately.

Flooding from a burst water main is affecting parts of Downs Barn and Downhead Park in Milton Keynes today (26 December.)

Crews from Broughton, Great Holm, Newport Pagnell, Bletchley and Aylesbury attended the scene after being called a 6.38am. The body of water is estimated at 25 metres wide by half a mile long, and about 50 homes are affected. Water about a foot deep has entered 10 homes. Ground-floor electrics have been isolated and residents are currently staying put on first floors.

The roads affected are Loriner Place, Shannon Court and Farrier Place in Downs Barn and Windrush Close in Downhead Park.

Firefighters are pumping water into storm drains to prevent water levels from rising, using equipment to channel water away from properties and giving door-to-door advice. 

This is helping to prevent the incident from escalating and affecting more homes and displacing further residents.

Anglian Water are working to isolate the water supply. Once this has been done, firefighters will pump water out of the affected properties. It is hoped this work will be completed today.