South Africa 13.12.2016 03:26 pm

Update: Burst water pipe causes a hole on Kempton Park road

Municipal officials are hard at work to repair the massive pipe burst. Picture: Tracey Lourenco

Municipal officials are hard at work to repair the massive pipe burst. Picture: Tracey Lourenco

Residents of Esther Park and Edleen, in Kempton Park, were expected to be without water until 8pm on Tuesday.

As a result of a huge water pipe burst in the early hours of Tuesday morning in Esther Park, Kempton Park, a section of Zuurfontein Road at the Parkland Drive intersection caved in, reports the Kempton Express.

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The car of a woman motorist, who was on her way to work at about 6am on Tuesday morning, ended up stuck ‘nose-first’ in the two-metre-deep and five-metre-wide hole caused by the burst.

As a result of the burst pipe, residents of Esther Park and Edleen, in Kempton Park, were expected to be without water until 8pm on Tuesday, and according to ward councillor Tracey Lourenco, some residents have been without water since 2am on Tuesday.

Lourenco said the construction team was working hard to get the road and pipe fixed before the end of the day. She also said water was being pumped out of the hole to locate the damage to the pipe.

“This is a big job because this is the main water line for the area. We advise motorists to use alternative routes for now because of the road being blocked off when travelling south towards Spartan,” said Lourenco.

According to Ekurhuleni spokesperson Themba Gadebe, water tankers will be supplied to the affected areas.

Water will be pumped out of the hole to locate the damage to the pipe. Picture: Tracey Lourenco

Water will be pumped out of the hole to locate the damage to the pipe. Picture: Tracey Lourenco

The car which took a nose dive into the hole on Zuurfontein Road. Picture: Brenda Short

The car which took a nose dive into the hole on Zuurfontein Road. Picture: Brenda Short

Caxton News Service

 

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