10:14AM, Tuesday 25 June 2013
A burst water mains pipe led to around a dozen homes in Highfield Park, Wargrave, being seriously flooded yesterday.
Firefighters were first called to the incident shortly before 10am, but couldn't prevent the water from gushing down into gardens and homes of about 12 properties.
The affected pipe is a high pressure mains which connects Bowsey Reservoir with the Sheeplands pumping station in Twyford.
Two crews from Wokingham Road in Reading and Maidenhead used pumps to remove water from people's homes and gardens.
Thames Water engineers re-routed the water and carried out repairs on the pipe into the early hours of this morning
Nicole Targett, a spokeswoman for Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue, said: "The crews began pumping the residual water out of the homes and the stop message was received at 1pm.
"Thames Water was also there to plug the leak.
"The Environment Agency was also informed but said it was drinking water and not waste or sewage water."
Cllr Richard Bush, chairman of Wargrave Parish Council, who owns the land where the leak occurred, said: "When there's a problem it really gushes out.
"This has happened three or four times in recent years from my memory.
"Thames Water should consider replacing this part of the mains with modern plastic material because it's a very old cast iron pipe and it seems to be a vulnerable area.
"That's obviously a major operation but I think they should consider it for the good of the people of the village who don't want to be flooded."
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