Leicester

Queniborough leak: Burst water main floods village

Woman walking though flood in Queniborough
Image caption Firefighters were called after water flooded a property on Coppice Lane

Fifty homes have been damaged after a mains water pipe burst in a Leicestershire village.

Firefighters were called to the Main Street and Coppice Lane area of Queniborough at about 15:45 BST.

Fire crews were helping to clear water from the affected homes on Monday evening.

Severn Trent has apologised to residents. A spokesperson said they sent a team of engineers as soon as they were contacted about the problem.

Roger Lanza, whose garden and home were flooded, said: "It's very distressing.

'Quite traumatic'

"The family are having to move out. We've spent years renovating the property and I can't believe it."

Phil Brown, from Leicestershire Fire and Rescue, said: "Our initial call was to Coppice Lane. There was lots of water entering the property and the owner was concerned he wasn't going to be able to escape.

"So when we turned up we made sure they were OK and we've stopped people entering the water because people were trying to walk through the middle of it.

"For people who have had their homes affected it's quite traumatic."

Severn Trent have isolated the main and the water was receding on Monday evening.

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