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Homeless Derby pipe burst family back for Christmas

Water-damaged house
Image caption The position of the family's house put it in the direct path of the water flume

A family are back home for Christmas after being left homeless when a burst water main sent a huge jet of water and rocks crashing through their windows.

Leigh Gregory, his wife and three children were woken by debris smashing windows in their Derby home in March.

The Gregory family, from Chester Green, dashed to the floor above and huddled there for six hours before being able to leave.

They found temporary accommodation while the repair work took place.

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Media captionResidents were woken in the middle of the night by the sound of the water main burst (Video courtesy of Helen McGloin)

The burst pipe also damaged several other properties and cars.

Some eyewitnesses described the sound of the pipe bursting in Mansfield Road as "like a bomb going off".

Mr Gregory said: "We have only just moved in, but it will be nice to have Christmas back at home."

Image copyright Leigh Gregory
Image caption The Gregorys' home has now been repaired and redecorated in time for Christmas

The whole of the bottom floor was flooded in the burst and a lot of repair work to the roof and the front of the house was also needed.

Mr Gregory added the first three months after the burst were just spent drying the house out. Then it had to be replastered, redecorated, and a new kitchen fitted.

Image caption The Gregory family home suffered extensive flooding after the water pipe bust in March
Image copyright Leigh Gregory
Image caption The Gregory family moved back in at the beginning of December, but they said it only felt like home again when their furniture and belongings were moved in

"In the first three months it was a bit if a shell. It was a lot of work," Mr Gregory said.

Reflecting on what happened, he said: "Fortunately, we have another floor so we all managed to escape further up.

"I think it has hit us all at times. At times when we saw the place in broad daylight, you think, 'what a mess'.

"There are things we have lost and can't get back. That is what has affected us the most."

Image caption Windows were blown out in the blast, leaving rocks and glass everywhere
Image copyright Leigh Gregory
Image caption The Gregory family said it finally feels like home again now

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