2BR News

Contact the News Team:
Tel: 01254 350360

Repair work begins on burst pipe

branch road

8:31am 18th November 2017
(Updated 9:26am 18th November 2017)

Work continues this morning to fix a burst pipe in Blackburn.

It caused Branch Road to be closed overnight as water flooded the area - and it's still off limits this morning.

United Utilities have been at the scene overnight and are continuing to fix the pipe.

They say they expect the road to reopen at some point today.

 Here's what people were dealing with last night;

At 12.14am this morning (18/11/17), United Utilities had this update;

“Our team are onsite and have started working on repairing the burst pipe, whilst the repairs are ongoing we are continuing to move water around the area and our water on wheels tankers are pumping water into the network.

"This will restore the water supply to all of our customers.

"We are really sorry for the continued inconvenience and thank you for your patience.”

And here's what the situation looks like this morning;

Blackburn with Darwen Council say the water is being pumped into the network at various locations by water tankers.

The actual water main has been repaired, and about 20 tonnes of material will be brought in this morning to start backfilling around the pipe.

The main will be brought back into action over the next 24 hours.

 It means that whilst most UU customers have seen their water supplies restored, some are still without this morning.

Fire crews were also called to the scene to help clear away the chlorinated water from the road.

Operation Merlin was declared, and they got help from the Environment Agency to begin pumping the water away from the propertied it might have affected.

Locals have been thanked for their patience.

Clean up work's also started on Branch Road to get rid of all the debris left from the flooding. 

Properties affected by the water shortage can find the latest updates from United Utilities HERE.

Contact Us

If you would like to submit a query or provide more information on this story please get in touch below.

: : Name: Email: Phone number: Message: Images:
Please wait...
  • Up to 3 JPG or PNG images, 2MB max size
  • We will always endeavour to credit you when we publish your pictures.
  • By uploading you are agreeing to this non-exclusive reuse, royalty-free, across all 2BR platforms, which extends to our partner broadcasters.
  • You retain copyright to all images.
  • If you would like to send us a video, please upload to YouTube or similar and paste the video URL into the message above.

Share This Story

Submit this page to reddit
Suggested articles
police crash sign

Burst water pipe closes Burnley roads

Police don't know when they'll reopen

pothole repairs 2

Changes proposed to the way potholes are repaired

They're suggesting fixing the ones on busiest roads first

Most read
Ethan Hunt Burnley

Fundraiser for Burnley teen after his legs are amputated

16 year old Ethan is still in an induced coma

Police Line

Drone may have captured a horrific moment a woman was raped

Patrols have been stepped up after the attack

Newer article

Gritters out tonight

Local News: Temperatures set to drop below freezing

Older article
Top articles

Three charged after death of baby girl

Local News: Charged with manslaughter and neglect

Deaf man learns how to communicate in his 70s

Nepal: In the final episode of 2BR's special report from Nepal, we meet the older Deaf people who've only just learned to communicate.

Uganda Appeal: Re-visiting some of the people 2BR met

Local News: A month on, 2BR has a few updates for you

Castleford Tigers sack Zak Hardaker after failed drugs test

Sport: Castleford Tigers have sacked Zak Hardaker after a failed drugs test last year.

A-list stars donate millions to Florida shooting victims amid gun control protests

Showbiz: Several A-list celebrities have joined George and Amal Clooney in pledging $500,000 to the March For Our Lives movement.

Jeremy Corbyn accuses Government of being 'on road to nowhere' over Brexit

National News: Jeremy Corbyn accused the Government of being "on the road to nowhere" over Brexit as he added to indications Labour could be softening its stance on leaving the EU.

US evangelist Reverend Billy Graham dies aged 99

World News: US evangelist Reverend Billy Graham has died at his home in North Carolina at the age of 99, a spokesman has said.

Ritazza chair faces revolt as 'overboarding' anger grows

Business News: The chairman of the company behind the Upper Crust food concession operator is facing an investor revolt amid City concern about directors holding excessive numbers of boardroom roles.

World's most powerful tractor beam 'like a pair of robot hands'

Strange News: Researchers have for the first time used a tractor beam to move a levitating object around an obstacle course.

MORTGAGES: What to expect in 2018

Local News: How you can pay your mortgage off early

Near misses in drowning need to be talked about

Local News: They're the lucky ones - says Lancashire mum

LIVES IN LANCASHIRE: Tom Heaton

Local News: See how the keeper is saving more than just shots in Lancashire

HALF PRICE - Hollywood Star

Non-News: Get your half price voucher for Hollywood Star in Burnley now.

VIDEO Something Worth Fighting For

Local News: You've never seen a journalist do this...

Giant cyclist set to be around for the entire weekend

Local News: The giant artwork on Pendle Hill is in celebration of the Tour of Britain

This week's top entertainment videos!

Local News: The videos that had you talking

Losing sleep to care for a family member

Local News: Challenges facing the UK's 700,000 young carers

Most read

@2BR