Overnight repairs on burst water main in Batley

Upper Commercial Street, Batley. (d621q332)

Upper Commercial Street, Batley. (d621q332)

A burst water main flooded Upper Commercial Street on Monday night.

Streams of water sped past Batley Older People’s Centre (BOPC) and Batley Irish Democratic League Club (Nash) after the main burst at around 6pm.

Batley History Group was enjoying its Christmas party at the BOPC when chairman Malcolm Haigh saw water cascading over the grass banking towards the centre and the Nash, with other streams flowing down Upper Commercial Street.

He said the water was still running downhill after 10pm. when Yorkshire Water engineers were reparing the water main.

Sharon Mullins, who works behind the bar at the Nash said customers thought it was rainwater until they realised everywhere else was dry.

She said: “When I finished work I had to jump over a stream of water outside.”

She said the water did not flow into the club and no damage was done to the Churchfield Street building.

A spokesman for Yorkshire Water said repairs on the burst main took until 5.30am the next day.

Temporary traffic lights were installed to allow engineers to work through the night.

On Tuesday the team carried out repairs to the part of the road that had been dug up.

He said Yorkshire Water had received no reports of loss of water pressure from nearby homes.




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