Kent

Water supply restored after pipe ruptures in Meopham

Collapsed road
Image caption Engineers are currently on site and the road remains closed in both directions

Water supplies have been restored to all homes affected after a burst water main caused a section of the main road through a Kent village to collapse.

The 12ft (3.6m) hole appeared on the A227 Wrotham Road in Meopham near the village green on New Year's Eve.

Engineers from Southern Water are still trying to repair the damaged pipe and the road is closed in both directions.

Twelve homes had to be evacuated as a precaution and some residents remained in alternative accommodation on Monday.

Southern Water said this was until electricity and gas supplies were restored.

Cold weather

"Our priority is to ensure all customers can move back into their homes as soon as possible and we're working with the council and other utility suppliers to achieve this," the company said.

It said three leaks had been repaired in the past 24 hours, which had stopped the running water in the street.

Work to repair and replace the water mains is continuing and Southern Water said its crews were expected to remain on site for the rest of the week.

A statement added that pipes could burst for many reasons but a likely cause was the recent cold weather, and the subsequent thaw, which could cause ground movement, fracturing pipes.

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