Leak sparks flood fears

A HOST of Norfolk householders were feeling relieved over the weekend as water workers headed off a flood - just before it lapped into their houses.A row of sandbags also played a key role as Anglian Water officials worked to stem a leak that affected 30 homes at The Street, Caston, on Friday evening.

A HOST of Norfolk householders were feeling relieved over the weekend as water workers headed off a flood - just before it lapped into their houses.

A row of sandbags also played a key role as Anglian Water officials worked to stem a leak that affected 30 homes at The Street, Caston, on Friday evening.

But the crisis was not averted when the burst water main was repaired - as blocked drains stopped the water from dispersing and a tanker had to be called in to pump it away.

According to one villager, Anne Milner, the leak was eventually stopped in the nick of time.

She said: “The water got up to my doorstep. If it wasn't for the sandbags I would've been flooded. It was a relief when the water began to go down.”

A spokesman for Anglian Water said the leak was reported at 3.30pm.

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She said: “We sent people out to investigate and it was clear that it needed to be repaired as quickly as possible. It was a four-inch main and there was a lot of water that came out during the repair until we managed to turn off the water.

“Because the surface water mains were quite blocked, it took a long time for the water to run away. It was obvious it wasn't going to happen quickly, so we had to get a tanker out to pump it away.”

The spokesman added that officials were at Caston on Saturday to “help with the clearing up”.