Thames Water has started a full investigation into why three water pipes burst in a week, causing huge disruption to parts of north and south east London.
The latest incident was a 30 inch water pipe bursting on Stoke Newington High Street on Sunday, affecting 150 properties. Most were evacuated but around 20 were flooded.
Thames Water flooding tweet
Source: @thameswater / Twitter
On Sunday, contractors working in Meadowcroft Road at the junction of Lee Road accidentally damaged a 12-inch water pipe at around 11am and 19 properties were flooded.
Last Monday (December 5) on Upper Street, Angel, Islington, a 36 inch main burst causing significant flooding and hitting around 25 properties.
Islington MPS flooding
Source: @MPSIslington / Twitter
“It has been an extremely difficult week and, having visited and spoken to a number of those impacted, I am personally devastated for those customers who have suffered flooding so close to Christmas. We are doing everything we can to help them and will make sure they are not left out of pocket for what has happened,” said Thames Water director Bob Collington.
“The bursts are a clear reminder that we need to keep investing in our ageing and sometimes fragile network, with many pipes in London well over 100 years old. I have started a full investigation into recent events to understand what has gone wrong and, as a top priority, will look at every single way possible to reduce the risk of any further disruption.”