Burst main floods city garages

Peak-hour traffic came to a sloppy halt in Dinsdale last night

MARYANNE TWENTYMAN
Last updated 10:18 26/06/2012
FLASH FLOOD: Dinsdale Roundabout Garage owner Peter Andersen surveys the damage after a burst water main flooded his shop floor.
BRUCE MERCER

FLASH FLOOD: Dinsdale Roundabout Garage owner Peter Andersen surveys the damage after a burst water main flooded his shop floor.

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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.

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