Holy Corner floods due to broken fire hydrant

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BOTTLED water is being provided to residents in Bruntsfield after a broken fire hydrant caused a huge fountain of water to spray out onto the street last night.

Scottish Water had been working to repair the damage overnight, but suffered a further setback this morning when the water main was re-opened and a valve broke.

Picture: Gareth Edwards

Picture: Gareth Edwards

The original incident, which occurred outside Morningside United Church at around 8pm last night, saw a digger used to try to plug the fountain and seal off the water stream.

It is believed the damage to the hydrant may have been caused by building works in the area.

A Scottish Water spokesman said: “Bottled water is being made available to customers affected by disruption to normal supplies in the Bruntsfield area of Edinburgh.

“Scottish Water has been working to restore supplies following damage to a fire hydrant at Holy Corner yesterday evening. A backfeed was put in place to provide customers with an alternative supply, and a squad completed the repair overnight.

“Unfortunately when the water main was then re-opened a valve broke, requiring a further repair. As a result some customers are still experiencing disruption to supply.

“We are working to restore supplies as quickly as possible and in the meantime bottled water can be collected from the Admiralty Terrace entrance to Boroughmuir High School.”