A section of Queens Drive, Swindon resembled a canal early on Sunday morning on 7 February after a major 12 inch water pipe burst near the junction with Somerville Road.
The road was reduced to a single lane in both directions whilst Thames Water engineers first drained away the flood water before starting to repair the damage. The road is not expected to fully open until sometime on Monday, but with Storm Imogen sweeping in from the west overnight and Met Office Amber warnings for high winds and heavy rain in the South West, working conditions are going to be difficult .
Major traffic hold-ups are likely on Monday morning and Thames Water has urged drivers to allow extra time for their journeys or find a different route if coming into Swindon.
Thames Water spokesperson Becky Trotman said: “The damaged section of pipe we’re replacing is under the central reservation so we’ve closed one lane either side so our team can work safely.
“It’s a complicated job as we’ve had to remove a set of pedestrian traffic lights and various railings and barriers to get to the area we need to dig.
“Water supplies have not been affected by our work and we’re doing all we can to quickly get the road back to normal.”A
A couple of drivers who thought they could get through the water found it too deep and became stuck.
Photos of Queens Drive flood by Richard Wintle of Calyx