Burst water main in central Wellington

SINKING FEELING: People walk past the sink hole on Jervois Quay early this morning.
SINKING FEELING: People walk past the sink hole on Jervois Quay early this morning.

Several offices in downtown Wellington will be without water until later this afternoon after an old pipe burst, flooding a section near Hunter Street and Jervois Quay.

Wellington City Council spokesman Clayton Anderson said it could be 3pm before the water service was restored.

An old pipe from the 1900s was thought to be the cause of flooding, he said.

A man walks past the sink hole.
A man walks past the sink hole.

The road was flooded and a sink hole opened up on the quay.

Council contractors have isolated the problem and cordoned off a pedestrian area from Hunter Street to Willeston Street.

''Drivers are urged to use caution as there is a great deal of silt on the road,'' he said.

A street cleaner would be on site to help with the clean-up.

Inspector Dave Rose, central police communications, said there were no reported delays in the area.

However, motorists should be aware the northbound lane on Jervois Quay near Hunter Street was still closed.

The Dominion Post