Burst water main causes extensive flooding in Whitechapel Road
PUBLISHED: 19:13 29 June 2020 | UPDATED: 19:16 29 June 2020
A burst water main at an old hospital building caused extensive flooding in Whitechapel earlier today.
The incident took place on the site of a former Royal London hospital facility in Whitechapel Road, where a building under refurbishment was flooded to a depth of around two metres.
London Fire Brigade (LFB) was called at 07.48, with the incident over by 13.28 for firefighters from Bethnal Green, Shadwell and the surrounding areas.
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Tower Hamlets police also attended the scene, writing to warn of potential disruption to the roads and to water supply.
LFB station commander Paul Eastland, who attended the scene, said: “Around 120 construction workers were evacuated from the site and road closures were put in place whilst crews worked to make the scene safe.
“Crews used a high volume pumping unit (HVP) to remove the water to a main drain.”
The basement of an adjoining property was also affected by minor flooding.
There were no reports of any injuries.
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