Tipton house partly collapses at scene of burst water main

Written by on October 14, 2019

A house has been severely damaged at the scene of a burst water main.

The pipe burst on Park Lane West in Tipton, West Midlands, shortly before 14:00 BST.

West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service said homes and businesses had been flooded, with one school tweeting it had had to evacuate because of the burst main.

South Staffordshire Water says it has workers on site and has isolated the problem.

Station commander Matt Ling, from the fire service, said it was “too early to tell” whether the damage to the property had been caused by the burst main.

He said: “We are aware there may be some damage to a local building, but until we fully assess it with a local structural engineer, we won’t be able to tell for certain.”

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</figure>The road and neighbouring Manor Road and Baker Street have been closed while work takes place.

On Twitter, Silvertrees Academy in Tipton said it had to evacuate due to “severe flooding”, while Sandwell Council said Tipton Green Junior School would be closed to children and staff on Tuesday because of the burst main.

The fire service said its crews were working with those affected to “ensure their safety”.

Mr Ling added its technical rescue unit had been helping some residents.

He said crews were likely to be at the scene for some time, aiding recovery and minimising impact.

South Staffordshire Water warned people in Tipton, Wednesbury, West Bromwich and Oldbury that their water pressure may be low or their water discoloured.

It said it was carrying out repairs to the main, which would continue throughout the night.

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