Cars ‘written off’ after burst water floods and submerges street

A burst water pipe spurted gallons of water onto a quiet residential road, drowning it in 3m of floodwater and destroying cars.

Shocking video shows a torrent of water shoot out of the damaged water main as a deep, swirling river engulfs the entire street.

One woman needed rescuing as nearby homes were evacuated and 17 cars – including a brand new Mercedes – were left damaged.

Residents in the town of Wednesbury have been warned it could be months before their lives return to normal.

The water main is believed to have been damaged by workmen using a digger.

The murky water swamped an area spanning the size of around three football pitches as specialist teams battled to stop it spreading to a nearby electricity substation.

Hundreds of pupils from nearby schools were sent home early due to the lack of water on site.

Witness Dave Strom spoke to Birmingham Mail outside the Lea Brook Church and told the paper that about eight cars have been written off.

He said: “Someone’s dug a water main and at least eight cars have been written off.

“The old church building is badly flooded with the water starting to go into the houses up the side. This will be a huge cost.

“The two cars as the camera pans right were a brand-new Ford Focus and a Mercedes.

“A lot of people park there to commute to Birmingham you see so they probably won’t know until later today.”

Dave added: “There wasn’t many people there and not much panic but it was out of control. The digger driver was trying to push the water back but it was like emptying a canal with a teaspoon.

“It was completely pooling the area. It’s the main water feed to the factory’s in Wednesbury so possible it would affect Warburtons bakery.”

Around 30 firefighters attended the scene on Wednesday morning as well as water rescue teams, police and paramedics.

A South Staffordshire Water spokesman said: "We’re working to fix a burst main in the Wednesbury area.

"The main on Leabrook Road North was damaged by a third party at approximately 10.30am on 26 April.

"Our engineers are currently on site to isolate the damage.

"Some customers may be experiencing low pressure or no water."

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