Traffic on A38 in North Petherton returns to normal after engineers repair water main (From Somerset County Gazette)
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Traffic on A38 in North Petherton returns to normal after engineers repair water main
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- Burst water main on A38 in North Petherton
- Temporary traffic lights in place on road
- Drivers warned of long delays along route
- Landlords of Compass Inn tell of drama
- Road reopened during the evening rush-hour
ENGINEERS from Wessex Water say the road should fully reopen soon.
A spokesman said: "The burst main has been repaired and the road is being reinstated.
"We are working to remove the temporary traffic lights as soon as possible – hopefully this will be before the main rush hour."
THE M5 has now reopened southbound following the earlier lorry crash.
Water engineers are continuing their work to repair the burst water main on the A38, although there is no current estimate when this will be completed.
THE M5 southbound is expected to reopen soon, alleviating the pressure on the A38 at North Petherton - but delays are expected to continue throughout the day.
WESSEX Water says that as soon as the burst occurred it isolated the water supply as quickly as possible to prevent further flooding.
Company spokesman Ian Drury said: “We have spoken to the pub owner and arranged for an insurance assessor to visit this morning to inspect damage caused to the pub. We are doing everything we can to help the business.”
Wessex Water engineers worked during the early hours of this morning to arrange for water to be supplied to the area from another part of the supply network so customers were not left without water this morning.
Emergency repair work is ongoing to fix the damaged water main.
"IT was just like Emmerdale,", says the Compass Tavern owner, whose pub has been damaged as a result of a flood due to a burst main in North Petherton.
"In their storyline the pub had a flood and it was filling up their cellar - and here, we watched the water coming up the pub, further and further towards us.
"We'll have to have all new flooring; the water was coming up all underneath the pub as there's a big man hole, it was coming up the urinals into the toilets, it was coming everywhere."
Gillian and Martin have no idea at the stage how much it will all cost to repair.
GILLIAN Luton and her partner Martin Price were woken by police in the early hours to learn that water was gushing into the pub.
Gillian says: "This happened about 1am, flooding everything, the bar, the restaurant, up the passageway to my kitchen and pantry.
"It was up to six inches in water. The carpets are sodden.
"When we got the call I jumped up and ran down as we live upstairs, and couldn't open any of them because of all the water coming through."
RUINED carpets, restaurant under water, a kitchen turned ice rink - the burst main "completely flooded" The Compass Tavern Inn, says devastated owner Gillian Luton:
COMMUTER Roger Christie was caught up in the traffic chaos after attempting to travel from Weston and Taunton.
He said: "We were lucky not to have been involved in the collision on the M5 - they only closed the motorway off a few minutes before we had to divert off this way.
"Traffic-wise it is going to be a nightmare."
A LARGE digger and cutter is being used to cut away the Tarmac of the damaged road:
SEVEN Wessex Water workmen are currently working to repair the damage to the man. A mini digger is being used to remove earth:
THE traffic is tailing back and curving round the roundabout just outside North Petherton on the Bridgwater Road.
Bar the traffic lights hold-up, vehicles are moving steadily in both directions, although delays are inevitable.
THE location of the incident.
REPORTER Daisy Blacklock at the scene: "According to Wessex Water workmen I've just spoken to on the site, the burst happened around 2am today.
"'Nothing sinister', simply a burst main, they say, adding that "it's looking like it's going to be a long job, and have no idea how long it'll take to fix today."
WESSEX Water spokesman Ian Drury said: "Motorists using the A38 through North Petherton may expect delays this morning (October 18).
"It follows a burst water main on the A38 Bridgwater Road, near the Compass Inn, which happened shortly after midnight.
"Temporary traffic lights are being used while emergency repairs are carried out to fix the water main and the lights are expected to be in place most of the day.
"Engineers have been working through the night to ensure customers continue to have water supply this morning.
"Wessex Water apologies for any inconvenience caused and urged motorists to allow extra time for journeys."
Delays on #A38 Bridgwater Road, North Petherton, nr Compass Inn due to burst main. Apologies. @northpethysch @bbcsomerset @HeartWCountry— @wessexwater 18 October 2013
FIRE crews were called to the burst water main - believed to be outside the J&K Aquatics warehouse in the A38 Bridgwater Road - at just after 1am today (Friday).
Crews made the scene safe and isolated the electricity supply in the property.
Wessex Water engineers and police also attended the scene.
DRIVERS on the A38 in Somerset faced traffic misery on Friday morning (October 18) after a water main burst in North Petherton.
Highways officials have set up temporary traffic lights in the village to avoid the water main but the incident is causing long delays in both directions.
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