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Residents evacuate after water main sends SEWAGE into properties

por Dan McAnulty (2020-05-16)


Residents in a western Sydney suburb were evacuated after they woke up to their houses being flooded by a torrent of water from a burst water main on Saturday. 

D1a21HuWwAAjX-S.jpg%5CVideo of the burst pipe shows knee-deep water gushing from the ground and flowing down the street in Kingswood, near Penrith. 

'It sounded like there was a delivery truck out the front so I went outside and there wasn't a truck there was a river of water coming down our driveway and quickly coming up into our front door,' resident Kelly Cummings said. 


















Residents in a western Sydney suburb have been evacuated after they woke up to their houses being flooded by a torrent direct of water from a burst water main on Saturday 


Ms Cummings said they used makeshift sandbags to try and keep most of the water out but some still flooded into their loungeroom

Video of Ms Cummings house shows debris from the dirty water strewn over her floor and water marks on the walls. 

'Our backyard is a swimming pool... I thought we would never get flooded here because the water always runs down the street but there was just far too much water,' she said. 






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Rescue crews evacuated more than 60 people after the water reportedly flushed into sewage pipes causing them to overflow. 

'Emergency services are attending to a burst water main at Kingswood,' NSW Police posted on their Facebook on Saturday morning. 

'The operation, which began about 8am today is being coordinated by officers from Nepean Police Area Command, who are being assisted by Sydney Water services.

'A small number of residents have been evacuated due to water affecting their ground-level units.'






Video of the burst pipe shows knee- deep water gushing from the ground and flowing down the street in Kingswood, near Penrith 







'There was a river of water coming down our driveway and quickly coming up into our front door,' resident Kelly Cummings said 


'Bringelly Road at Kingswood is expected to remain closed for an extended period of time. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.' 

By 7pm water supply had been returned to thousands of properties and two hospitals as residents returned home.

Several of the Bringelly Road properties have confirmed internal damage and some residents are still waiting for power to be safely restored before they return home, the spokesman said.

'Crews are diverting water to the affected area while isolation of the damaged main continues,' the spokesman said.

Sydney Water has also returned water supply to several thousand properties in the Kingswood area, including two local hospitals.

NSW Police and NSW Fire and Rescue remain on site to assist, and local diversions remain in place.

'It's too early to tell how long repairs will take. However, some properties will remain without water for the duration of the repairs, but will receive alternate supply,' the spokesman said.

'Sydney Water sincerely apologises to affected customers and thanks them for their patience.'

While the cause of the burst water main remains unknown, periods of prolonged hot and dry weather have been known to cause pipe expansion and joint movement resulting in water main breaks and leaks, the organisation said.   






Video of Ms Cummings house shows debris from the dirty water strewn over her floor and water marks on the walls 







'I thought we would never get flooded here because the water always runs down the street but there was just far too much water,' Ms Cummings said