St Asaph St damaged by burst pipe
A central Christchurch street has been closed after a water main burst, badly damaging part of the street.
St Asaph St was shut just after 9.30am today between Manchester and Madras streets and Christchurch City Council contractors were working to reopen one lane to ease traffic flow as soon as possible.
Council transport and greenspace manager John Mackie said contractors were on site to repair the damaged water main and estimated the work would be finished within five hours.
It was not yet known what caused the pipe to burst.
"In a situation like this the first and foremost thing the crews outside are trying to do is prevent any further damage," a council spokesman said.
The council could not say if the damage was related to the wild weather battering the region until they had removed and inspected the damaged pipe.
Software engineer Simon Byford, who works in the Epic building on the corner of St Asaph and Manchester streets, said the road was badly damaged where the pipe had burst.
"Someone complained that the water pressure had dropped suddenly, then an email went round saying don't use any of the water or flush the toilets because a water main has burst."
"It was pretty dramatic-looking."
Police blocked the road off quickly, leaving a few parked within the cordon with the water reaching halfway up their tyres, Byford said.
He estimated up to five square metres of the road had been damaged when the pipe burst.
"It seems unlikely that [the water will] be back on soon because it's quite badly damaged."