Friday, 28 August 2015

Huge 40ft jet of water erupts from street as water main bursts in Elephant and Castle

A massive 40-foot "geyser" erupted from the street by one of London's busiest junctions after a water main burst this morning.
A huge fountain of water about the height of three double-decker buses exploded from the road outside the Metropolitan Tabernacle baptist church at about 9.30am today, just off the Elephant and Castle roundabout.
Thames Water said it was caused by workmen digging through a 24-inch pipe and that it was working "as fast as we can" to stop the flow.
Witnesses said water was gushing high into the air for "a good 20 minutes" and police said the jet, in Newington Butts, brought major disruption to Elephant and Castle.
Photos taken from nearby office blocks showed the stream of water rising as high as the historic church building and dwarfing a double-decker bus.


A video taken by London SE1, a community news website covering the area, showed a workman looking up as the water towers over him.
A spokesman for Thames Water said: "We've despatched a team immediately to try and stop the water.
"We're working as fast as we can to stop the flow from our 24-inch pipe, which was damaged during work by a third party. Once we've stopped the water we can start the repair."
Witnesess said the fountain died down just before 10am, but water is still flowing.

Source - Standard