Leicester water main burst: Traffic delays 'until end of next week'

Flooded road Leicester
Image caption The A47 King Richards Road was closed for several hours after the flood

Road restrictions could remain in place in Leicester until the end of next week after a major water pipe burst.

As many as 15,000 homes and businesses left without water for as long as 11 hours on Sunday have had their supply restored, Severn Trent Water said.

The pipe burst in the early hours of Sunday at the junction of the A47 King Richards Road and Tudor Road.

A lane is still closed on the A47, causing delays for rush hour traffic.

'Substantial damage'

The pipe is unlikely to be fixed before the end of next week, Severn Trent said.

"The burst was a big one and unfortunately there's substantial damage to the road," a statement on its website said.

"We understand that this is a very busy road and this will cause some traffic disruption and we can only apologise for this."

Water flooded from the pipe at a rate of 400 litres a second. It was reported to be up to 2ft (0.6m) deep in some areas and roads were closed for several hours on Sunday.

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