UPDATE: Southern Water to launch investigation into burst pipe

The scene after the water main, in Westcourt Road, Worthing, burst. Picture by Eddie Mitchell
The scene after the water main, in Westcourt Road, Worthing, burst. Picture by Eddie Mitchell
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Southern Water has said it will launch a full investigation after a pipe burst in Worthing.

The flooding occured in the early hours of this morning at the junction of Westcourt Road and South Farm Road, Worthing, with five businesses affected. Click here to see pictures.

Repair works by Southern Water are underway after a pipe burst on Westcourt Road, Worthing

Repair works by Southern Water are underway after a pipe burst on Westcourt Road, Worthing

After hours of work Southern Water have fixed the main and are now working to temporarily repair Westcourt Road.

It is expected to reopen by 5pm today and a full road repair will be carried out on Monday.

In a statement, Southern Water said: “We apologise to customers affected by today’s incident.

“Water mains can burst due to a number of factors including temperature changes and ground movement. While such bursts are unforeseeable our operational team has worked to undertake the necessary repairs as quickly as possible to minimise disruption.

Local businesses and residents cannot be expected to have to work or live under this constant fear of flooding

Councillor Kevin Jenkins

“We are aware that similar issues have previously been experienced at this location and will undertake a full investigation to establish the cause and take appropriate action.

“With regard to compensation, we are working with those people directly affected and their insurers, and will consider each claim on an individual basis.”

This statement follows the comments of Martin Haynes, owner of Precision Southern Aluminium in Westcourt Road, who said these floods had become a ‘way of life’ after being affected by four burst pipes in 11 years.

Earlier today, councillor Kevin Jenkins met with affected businesses and residents and said they ‘cannot be expected to live under constant fear of flooding’.

“As local councillors we are here to make sure that businesses are being supported after this repeat flooding episode.

“The impact on them is immeasurable especially as some have only just got fully back on their feet after the last episode. “There is clearly something wrong and it is now about getting the conversation started with Southern Water to find out the exact cause of the burst pipe, why it has repeated and what can be done to stop any repetition in the future.

“Some of the flooding in the past has also been caused by surface water problems so the conversation will need to be widen to include West Sussex County Council, but at the end of the day local businesses and residents cannot be expected to have to work or live under this constant fear of flooding.”

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