Burst main sees Glasgow homes evacuated

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Emergency responders ensure safety of public and work to clear water.

Squinty Bridge

Firefighters, police officers and personnel from Glasgow City Council worked to assist people affected by flooding from a burst water main in the Southside.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews from Calton and Polamdie were mobilised to the Bridge Street incident around 8:10pm on Tuesday 29 October.

The firefighters cordoned-off Bridge Street and moved to help people in the affected properties, evacuating residents and shopkeepers from an adjacent building as a precautionary measure.

With an estimated 1,600 litres of water per second leaking onto Bridge Street, Carlton Place and Commerce Street, Police Scotland officers closed several roads as SFRS crews cleared the floodwater and Scottish Water engineers worked to shut the burst main.

Glasgow City Council building control officers advised there was no evidence of structural damage to the affected block and Scottish Gas confirmed there was no risk of a gas leak, enabling residents to return to their homes shortly before 2am (Wednesday 30 October).

The fractured 27-inch water main caused a five metre wide hole in the middle of the roadway, however the British Transport Police confirmed the Glasgow Subway and above ground rail lines were not affected.

SFRS Group Manager Ian Burns said: “This incident is a clear example of inter-agency working to resolve a challenging situation and restore normality as quickly as possible.”

A statement on the Scottish Water website apologised to those affected and thanked the responding agencies for their support in resolving the incident.

It confirmed water supplies had been restored to homes and added that repairs to the road surface on Bridge Street would be carried out as soon as possible. 

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