Burst main floods city garages
Peak-hour traffic came to a sloppy halt in Dinsdale last nightMARYANNE TWENTYMAN
Peak-hour traffic came to a sloppy halt in Dinsdale last night as commuters were caught up in flash flooding from a burst water main.
The first Dinsdale Roundabout Garage owner Peter Andersen knew about the burst pipe was when water "gushed" into his workplace about 4.30pm.
"I was working on a car and thought 'Jesus, there is a whole lot of muddy water coming in' and it came in real quick," he said.
While air tools bore the brunt of the flood, Mr Andersen said he was able to move two vehicles to safety.
"The damage is pretty superficial just a whole lot of muddy, dirty water really, it's a pain more than anything," he said.
Outside, peak-hour commuters were forced to drive "the wrong way" around the Dinsdale roundabout as water levels rose on the western side of the main road.
Mr Andersen said roading contractors and council staff were busy trying to fix the burst main which was still belching water at 5.30pm.
Hamilton City Council spokesman Jeff Neems said the burst pipe had affected water supply to about 30 households. " ... we hope to have that [the water] fully reconnected by tomorrow morning, if not later tonight," he said last evening.
- Waikato Times