BUSINESSES were left with bills of thousands of pounds and supermarkets ran out of bottled water after major flooding was caused by a burst water main.
Residents in the Bruntsfield area were left with no running water or low pressure for hours on Saturday, with disruption for some continuing until yesterday afternoon. Roads were also closed after the 16in pipe, in Colinton Road, burst at around 10am and firefighers were called to pump large quantities of water from the street.
It prompted a rush on bottled water at local shops, with the Tesco Metro store in Colinton Road having to put up a sign warning customers that stocks were dry.Barclay Graham, team leader at Tesco, said shelves were empty by 1pm on Saturday. “Some of the local businesses were grabbing as much as they could,” he said.
Project Coffee, in Bruntsfield Place, closed for around three hours with its coffee machines out of action, leaving the business to miss out on around £1000 worth of trade.
Frank Harrison, a barista, said: “At around 10am the water basically stopped completely. We just had to go round giving people refunds as we couldn’t make their drinks. Then we ran out of dishes as we couldn’t wash them.”
Nearby cafe La Barantine managed to stay open, but could offer a limited selection, costing an estimated £150, while Starbucks also temporarily shut its doors.
A worker at La Barantine said: “It was really annoying and affected all of the businesses in the area. Saturday’s the one day of the week we can’t really miss.”
Cheynes Hairdessing responded to the incident by paying for taxis to take customers to its branch in Lothian Road and offered them free goody bags as compensation for the inconvenience. Salon director Chris Hibberd said: “It was a cost but these things don’t happen very often and it almost created a camaraderie. ”
At one point the water had reached knee height at Colinton Road’s junction with Craiglockhart Road. Several homes were sandbagged at their entrances with the street along Craiglockhart Road.
Issues were reported at homes in the EH10 EH14, EH9, and EH3 postcode areas.
Scottish Water said it could not say how many businesses and households were affected but that normal service resumed yesterday afternoon.
A spokeswoman said: “We would like to apologise to our customers for any inconvenience this may have caused.”