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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-02-06

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Formby By Pass closed due to burst water main

FORMBY By Pass was closed on 31 May 2017 after a burst water main flooded the North bound lane and the neighbouring allotments. The 1st sign of problems where seen around 6am as residents in Formby lost water pressure and a growing flood was spotted on the Formby By Pass. The Police and local Council blocked off the road as the standing water grow bigger and bigger, at one stage remembering seeing the major road looking more a river or a lake than a road. Gardeners on the allotments looked on in disbelief as their hard work was drowned by the creeping water. 1 gardener said:- "Only the rhubarb will survive this. I don't know what to say. We all put in lots of work to get our vegetables and plants to grow. Now its being washed away and its not the 1st time this has happened!" For households in Formby, the water came back on at around 1pm for most, but water coming out of taps was slower than usual for some time, as pressure built up again in the system. Sadly hopes that the repairs, would see the road opened quickly, but inspectors found the work to fix the problem where more complex and as a result the North bound lane was closed and re-routed through Formby Village. This has lead to travel issues within the Village. United Utilities told us that:- "We're sorry for the trouble this may be causing you and our team of engineers are working as fast as they can. The incident log for the burst is:- 330095780."


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