Burst water main in Ixworth, Suffolk, affects homes

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Media captionThe plume of water from the burst main shot higher than the houses

"Several hundred homes" in a Suffolk village have been without water on one of the hottest days of the year after a water main burst.

Anglian Water said a fire hydrant was dislodged during roadworks in Ixworth's High Street, causing a plume of water to shoot higher than the houses.

The firm said the leak was stopped at 16:30 BST. Residents said it began soon after 11:00 BST.

It is hoped repairs will be completed by Tuesday evening.

Mary Bird, who lives on the street, said: "When I came out of the post office I couldn't cross the road because of the river.

"Earlier on it was all firing at my front door."

John Clare, from Anglian Water, said: "We apologise to any customers affected and are working hard to put things right.

"We managed to stop the flow at about 4.30pm and restore supplies to most of those affected.

"We estimate that around 100 homes are still off-water and are working to see if there are ways to supply them via alternative routes.

"Workmen are on site and we hope to have the repairs completed in the next few hours. Exactly how long will depend on the damage caused when the hydrant was hit."

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