Burst water main in Kenninghall leads to police action to save homes

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Police officers have come to the rescue of residents of a Breckland village after a burst water main led to torrents of water heading towards homes.

Police and the Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service were called to Kenninghall late last night following reports of the burst main.

A tweet from the Breckland police team said officers went to the rescue 'by borrowing items from a building site 2 divert water away from homes'.

The emergency services were called at 10.55pm and police helped to reassure residents with firefighters from East Harling helping to tackle flooding.

This morning engineers from Anglian Water were still on the scene of the burst water main at Lopham Road.

A spokesman for Anglian Water said: 'We attended a water main burst in Kenninghall at 1.30am this morning.

'Our teams worked through the night to isolate the burst and divert water supplies around the burst.

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'There are currently traffic lights in place as the teams continue work to repair the burst section of pipe and resurface the road.

'We hope to repair the pipe later today and will reinstate the road surface as quickly as possible.

'We apologise for any inconvenience caused during this time and thank customers and road users for their patience.

'Sometimes after a burst when the water supply returns it may appear cloudy or discoloured. This is normal, and customers should just run the tap for a few minutes until it runs clear.'

•Have you got any photographs of the burst water main? Email anthony.carroll@archant.co.uk