Manchester

About 1,500 homes in Wythenshawe without gas

About 1,500 homes are without gas after a water mains burst and flooded gas pipes in Manchester.

Thousands of litres of water got into the pipes after the burst at the junction of Portway Road and Saltrush Road in Wythenshawe early on Sunday.

National Grid has been working to fix the problem and said it had started to reconnect some of those affected.

It said 100 customers have now had their supplies restored and homeowners are being thanked for their patience.

Engineers from National Grid have been pumping water from the gas system and said once the water had been cleared, gas would flow back into the mains.

Electric cooking rings

Gas will then be switched back on in people's homes by engineers who will also check all appliances are working properly.

In the meantime, the National Grid Helpline is providing electric cooking rings and heaters to affected residents.

Manchester City Council said it had been working with residents to update them on the situation.

Councillor Glynn Evans, executive member for adult services, said: "Since the gas outage on Monday we have been receiving regular updates from the National Grid, which is responsible for fixing this problem and have been passing them on to the relevant people in the affected areas.

"Although they say they are working to resolve the problem as quickly as possible, we believe there are still about 1,500 homes without gas and may remain so for some days."

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