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Residents return after Southampton flats flood

Admirals Quay
Image caption Occupants of about 300 properties were forced to stay in hotels or with families after the incident on 28 May

Residents of three apartment blocks have been allowed back to their homes a week after power was cut following a burst water pipe.

The three apartment blocks in Ocean Village, Southampton, were evacuated on 28 May.

Firefighters said a basement had flooded, cutting the electricity in the Admirals Quay development.

Management firm SDL Bigwood said residents were able to return, although passenger lifts were unavailable.

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Three hundred properties in Ocean Village, Southampton, had been left unsafe due to the "complete loss of power" after the pipe burst.

The problem affected flats in Blake Building, Moresby Tower and Hawkins Tower, leaving them without communal or emergency lighting, lifts, fire defence systems or a fresh water supply.

Residents have been forced to stay in hotels or with families since the incident.

One lift in each building is operational but is restricted to fire service use and underground car parks remain inaccessible.

Image caption The flats were left without communal or emergency lighting, lifts, fire defence systems or a fresh water supply

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