Brooklyn burst water main floods street

Last updated 14:34 24/08/2012

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A major water main has burst on the Brooklyn hill this afternoon, flooding a street.

The trunk main on Nairn St in Brooklyn burst about 1.30pm this afternoon, sending water gushing down the street.

Wellington City Council spokesman Richard MacLean said it was "quite a spectacular burst".

"This main feeds a reservoir on the Brooklyn hill so it would have sent quite a lot of water down Nairn St.

"The lucky thing is that there are no houses without water as a result, because we can divert the supply via another mains pipe."

Water had not flooded any of the surrounding houses, but council contractors were busy working to assess the situation, Mr MacLean said.

"At this stage it sounds like a fracture in the mains pipe itself.

"We are going to be investigating, as it sounds like something has gone wrong while people were working on the mains."

Locals were advised to take alternative routes while the council worked to clean up the area.

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