Derby

Ashbourne Road reopens after water pipe burst

A Derby road has fully reopened days after a large water pipe burst, sending a torrent of water through the city.

The force of the rupture tore a hole in Ashbourne Road on Saturday evening and flooded several properties.

The road was closed at its junction with Friar Gate so the 21in (53cm) pipe could be repaired and the carriageway resurfaced.

One lane reopened earlier this week and work on the second has now been completed.

Derby City Council said surfacing material took longer than expected to set, which had caused a delay.

More than 400 people were left without supplies when the water main burst at about 1920 GMT.

All were reconnected by the early hours of Sunday morning, according to Severn Trent Water.

The company apologised to those whose flats were flooded and also to motorists inconvenienced by the closure of Ashbourne Road.

A spokesman said ground movement caused by the warmer weather on Saturday could have been responsible for the rupture.

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