Burst water main floods city street

05:30, May 21 2014
flooded street
AWASH: Flooding on the corner of Manchester and Gloucester Sts.

Water flooded part of central Christchurch after vibrations from a repair project damaged a water main.

The incident happened near Latimer Square this afternoon while workers from McConnell Dowell were repairing waste-water pipes on the western side of the park.

Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (Scirt) general manager Duncan Gibb said a water main broke while the McConnell Dowell team were backfilling a trench.

"It is suspected that the pipe broke because of the vibrations caused by the backfilling process, and because the main is old and quite brittle."

City Care were sent to the site to close the valve and repair the damage, Gibb said. 

The road on the west side of Latimer Square had been closed between Hereford and Gloucester streets since May 5 while contractors replaced the earthquake-damaged waste-water pipes.

The work was expected to be finished in mid-June. 

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