Tipton evacuation: Flood and gas leak sparks chaos – house collapses and schools closed

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West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed 150 homes have been left without any power after a burst water main on Park Lane West in Tipton. Emergency services were alerted to “severe flooding” shortly before 6.30am. Shocking images from the scene shows huge pools of water gushing out of the mains completely submerging the road.

The force of the water has caused the front of a property to cave in with brickwork and debris littered on the pavement.

Three homes have been evacuated and the road between Owen Street and Mayfair Gardens has been cordoned off.

So far four schools have announced they will be closed for the rest of the day, they include Silvertrees Academy on Silvertrees Road, Tipton Green Junior School on Manor Road, Shireland Technology Primary and Shireland Collegiate Academy on Waterloo Road

A spokesman for West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service said: “The water supply at the scene of the burst main in Tipton had been turned off by 6.20am.

“Around 150 homes have no power.

“Three properties evacuated but no reported injuries.

“We’re working closely with a number of agencies to return the scene to normality ASAP.”

Sandwell Council has urged residents to avoid the area during the morning commute whilst South Staffs Water treat the leak. 

A council spokesman said: “A water main has burst on Park Lane West in Tipton.

“The road will be closed between Owen Street and Mayfair Gardens (including side roads between these sections).

“We advise that you try to avoid this area when travelling to work this morning. South Staffs Water are working on repairing the leak.”

South Staffs Water has issued an apology to residents and said customers in surrounding areas may experience “low pressure or no water”

Just before 9.30am West Midlands Fire Service said electricity supplies has been restored to around half of the homes affected.

The force added there is no standing water and debris has been cleared from the roads.

A spokesman said: “Around half the homes affected by power loss have electricity again, including the school, though this will stay closed today.

“No standing water remains and the roads are being cleared of debris.

“We’re working with electricity board to restore all power.”


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