Photo gallery: Burst main leaves hundred of homes in Taverham and Drayton without water for three hours

Anglian Water says it has restored a supply to hundreds of homes in Taverham and Drayton that were without water for around three hours earlier today.

Engineers were called out to reports of water gushing down the Fakenham Road at 9.30am, after a rush of around 80 calls to Anglian Water.

The water supplier has now found an alternate way to supply water to the houses that had been cut off though, estimating that the vast majority of homes in the area had a normal water flow by 12.30pm.

An Anglian Water spokesman had earlier said: 'We got an awful lot of calls very quickly, about 80 calls within minutes of it happening, mainly because it has taken quite a lot of people off water.

'We are thinking it's several hundred properties without water or with low water flow, for which we obviously apologise.'


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Ghost Hill Infant and School and Nursery had to shut because of the problems, as it had no water supply, but Taverham High School was unaffected and is open as normal.

Engineers are now continuing to work on a full repair for the leak, which is believed to be coming from the building site of the former Budgens supermarket, which is being converted into a Tesco store.

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The majority of the water flowed downhill towards Drayton and started forming on the School Road junction, outside The Red Lion pub.

However, the water did not rise high enough to cause damage or problems at the Red Lion , or the Esso petrol station on the other side of Fakenham Road.

The gushing water caused some traffic congestion in the area, but Fakenham Road did not need to be closed because of the leak.

- Did the burst water main cause you a major problem? Contact reporter David Freezer on 01603 772418 or david.freezer@archant.co.uk

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