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Contractor Hits Pipe, Water Floods Streets, Hotel And Damages Cars In Queenstown

Aug 02, 2019
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Flooding from a burst water main in Queenstown has blocked off streets, damaged cars and may have entered some private properties.

Emergency services were first called about 10.40am to reports of flooding at the St Moritz Hotel.

Queenstown Lakes District Council said a contractor hit the pipe on Thompson Street causing a large volume of water to flow down onto Brunswick Street.

Both streets are closed with cordons in place as the damaged pipe is being repaired.
Burst water main floods Queenstown street.

Burst water main floods Queenstown street. Photo- Southern District Police

The water damaged four parked cars and potentially flooded some private properties, the spokesperson said.

Burst water main floods Queenstown street. Photo- Southern District Police

“Unfortunately some debris has entered the lake – this has been contained and a clean-up underway.

“The water was shut off in time to reduce the effect on the reservoir, meaning residents in the immediate area and town centre will still have access to water. Council contractors are urgently working to repair the main and working with any residents or businesses affected.”

Source: rnz.co.nz Republished by arrangement.

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