Third pipe fails in city

Traffic diverted, roads flooded

LAUREN HAYES
Last updated 15:34 14/04/2014

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A water main has burst in Invercargill, making it the third to fail in the city in more than a week.

Water flooded lawns, gushed into garages and pooled under parked cars near the intersection of Kew and Elles roads early this afternoon, after the water main burst.

Elles Rd traffic was diverted into makeshift lanes to avoid the water, while about 20m of Kew Rd footpath was submerged.

Last week, two cement asbestos pipes burst, flooding parts of the Invercargill CBD.

Invercargill City Council water manager Allistair Murray said it was too early to tell which pipe had burst and if it was related to the other incidents.

However, at this stage, he did not think it was a cement asbestos pipe, although the timing was ''odd'', he said.

''It just seems odd that we seem to be getting a rush of water main failures at the moment and I don't have a rational explanation as to why that might be.''

Traffic management services and council workers are expected to remain working at the scene for the next six hours.

 

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