Burst pipe floods Shropshire village street

Policeman wading in to help a woman
Image caption An officer waded in the knee-high water to help a resident after neighbours expressed concerns

A burst water pipe left a street submerged in water which was almost knee-high.

The pipe burst in Moreton Street, Prees, Shropshire, on Monday morning.

Severn Trent Water, which sent engineers to fix the problem, said customers' water supplies had not been affected and the road had reopened.

A spokesman for north Shropshire police said one officer had waded in to help a woman from her home after residents had raised concerns about her.

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"She had recently been in hospital so he got her to safety, made sure she was dry and gave her a cup of tea," he said.

Flood water entered five homes in the street, leading to damage to carpets, he said.

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Image caption Severn Trent Water said it discovered the burst pipe in Moreton Street in Prees, Shropshire, on Monday morning.

He added the street had seen previous flooding from burst pipes.

Image caption The work has caused some traffic disruption

Severn Trent Water apologised for the incident and said it cleared all the water from Moreton Street using tankers and a road sweeper and it would jet wash customers' driveways.

"We're aware that the pipe has burst on previous occasions and we will be carrying out investigative work to identify the cause of this to help us prevent it happening in future," a spokesman said.

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