Leicestershire road reopens after burst pipe flood

The flood water in Hathern
Image caption Severn Trent Water said the flooded area was the size of a football pitch
The flood on the A6 in Leicestershire
Image caption It is the second time in recent weeks the road has been closed because of a burst pipe
A workman knee deep in flood water
Image caption At Christmas the road was shut for a week while repair work was carried out

A major road has reopened after a second burst water pipe flooded a "vast" area.

A 3ft-long (90cm) pipe ruptured on Wednesday evening, flooding an area the "size of a football pitch" on the A6 between Hathern and Loughborough.

Severn Trent Water said it pumped water away throughout the night allowing the road to reopen but at a reduced speed early on Friday.

It is hoped work to repair the break will be completed in the next week.

The flood is the second in recent weeks after a nearby pipe burst on Boxing Day, closing the A6 for 11 days and cutting off the water supply for thousands of people.

Sarah-Jayne O'Kane, spokeswoman for Severn Trent, said: "The pipes that have burst are the major pipes bringing drinking water into the area and the network of pipes supplied by them is extensive.

"Over 100 miles of pipe are affected and as you can imagine, this takes a lot of effort to get right."

The company warned drinking water could be discoloured as water is moved around the system.

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