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WATCH: Crowds queue for water in Telford as pipe repairs continue

By Harry Leather | Telford | News | Published:

Crowds of people were queuing to collect bottled water tonight after more than 12 hours without any supply.

Crowds queue for water at Tesco in Madeley. Photo: Andy Silman

Water distribution points were set up at Tesco car park in Madeley and the Museum of the Gorge in Ironbridge after a burst pipe left about 20,000 properties without water.

WATCH: Crowds queue for water at Madeley Tesco

Severn Trent said plenty of water would be available for all at the two collection points, which were set up at 4pm today - 12 hours after the pipe burst.

By 8pm 18,000 litres had been sent to Madeley and 6,000 to Ironbridge, with further deliveries on the way.

This was the scene at Tesco:

While in Ironbridge, a PCSO from Shrewsbury was on hand to help distribute the water:

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Initial supplies were exhausted within 90 minutes, before further truckloads arrived.

Deliveries will continue throughout the evening and the collection points will be open until at least 10pm.

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Attempts to fix the cracked 21-inch pipe have been hampered due to its proximity to a high-pressure gas main in Bishopdale, Brookside.

As a result, although about 8,000 affected customers now have some running water, many homes and businesses in the TF 7, TF3, TF4 and TF8 areas still have dry taps more than 12 hours after problems began.

Severn Trent has managed to access the pipe - one of the biggest supplying Telford - after first having to cut down trees and drill through a layer of concrete.

Workers are now concentrating on repairing and reconnecting the pipe but have been further hampered by the heavy rain.

Harry Leather

By Harry Leather
Digital Journalist - @hleather_star

Digital journalist covering breaking news across the region from the Express & Star's head office in Wolverhampton.

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