Wirral pipe burst cuts gas to Moreton and Leasowe homes
Hundreds of Wirral homes could be without gas for several days after a pipe was damaged by a burst water main.
Water entered the gas network after a burst at the junction of Hoylake Road and Danger Lane in Moreton on Thursday.
The National Grid said the damaged main had been repaired and the next step was to pump water from the gas pipe.
It said to do this, it had to pinpoint the affected properties and disconnect their gas. It was unable to give a timescale for the restoration.
The spokesperson added that so far it had identified 497 affected houses, while a local councillor said "several thousand people" in Moreton and Leasowe had been affected.
Residents in affected properties were asked to stay at home, so somebody was available to let engineers in to switch off their gas supplies.
'Too early to say'
An incident room has been set up at Leasowe Leisure Centre where alternative electrical cooking and heating facilities are being provided to vulnerable customers.
Ian Lewis, Conservative councillor for Moreton and Leasowe, said: "There are around 3,000 homes in Moreton and Leasowe that have lost, or are about to lose, their gas supply.
"For many people, this will be their main source of heating and cooking."
The National Grid said: "The exact number of properties affected has not yet been determined, however National Grid has had reports of gas supply issues in 53 roads in the CH46 postcode area.
"Over 80 National Grid engineers are in the area to help restore gas supplies.
"Once all the water has been removed from the network and gas is back in the mains, a second visit will be made to turn on the supply to each property.
"At present it is too early to say when gas supplies will be restored."