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Sheerness residents without water

Written by on 23 September 2017

Burst water main & residents without running water

Parts of Sheerness High Street remain closed this evening, nearly 24 hours after it’s initial closure due to a burst water main flooding the road. Sheerness High Street has been closed between Victoria Street & St. Georges Avenue since 8pm yesterday.

Businesses in the High Street have had to close for the day while repairs are made to the road.

Mrs Lee, of House Estate Agents, had to be escorted into her premises this morning.

She said: “The police wouldn’t allow us in. It was a bit of a mess. The road erupted upwards and the police were concerned that there would be a sinkhole.

“We haven’t been able to open the office today and we have been manning the phones remotely.

“When I left at 10am the cavalry had arrived to dig up the road and there were six Southern Water vans.”

Hairdresser and beauty salon Hair Monsters were forced to cancel appointments after they were left with no water.

BRFM have also received reports that Wetherspoons in Sheerness will remain closed tonight (Saturday) due to the incident leaving properties without water.

A Kent Police spokesman said: “We received a call at 5.25am about a burst water main which was causing a flood on the road.

“The High Street was closed between Victoria Street and St George’s Avenue to both pedestrians and vehicles as a safety precaution.

“Southern Water have attended to turn off the water supply and are currently dealing with the incident.”

This Evening, Councillor Cameron Beart has posted online that many residents around the Sheerness High Street area are still without water, and can receive free bottled water courtesy of Southern Water (from the car park between Sheppey College & Sheerness McDonalds) and any customers who need additional assistance should contact their contact centre on 0330 303 0368 (lines are open 24 hours).

A large amount of damaged has occurred to the road surface, and is expected to be resurfaced/repaired with in the next couple of days. Listen to BRFM for all the latest travel news.