UPDATE: Southern Water ‘working to fix’ Hastings main

Sandra Brewer and Richard Smith outside Beaufort Court
Sandra Brewer and Richard Smith outside Beaufort Court

Hundreds of residents have left without water following a mains burst in Alexandra Park this afternoon (Wednesday).

More than 90 flats in the retirement bloick at Beaufort Court in Beaufort Road, St Leonards still had no supply by 6pm.

Paul Clark, who lives in the sheltered housing, contacted the Observer following the incident.

He said one resident affected was 104 years old.

Sandra Brewer, 70, who also lives in Beaufort Court, said: “The first I heard about this was when my friend phoned me from the park, saying there was a terrible leak and that they had no water. The water was gushing out from the woods into the lake.”

A spokeswoman for Southern Water said the company first received reports of the burst main at 3.15pm today.

She said: “All of our customers affected, bar one property, had their water supply restored by 4.50pm.

“There is still one block (Beaufort Court) which is still without water becaise this main directly supplies them. We are laying on bottled water for affected customers. We are carrying out excavation works to look at the damage to the main and hope it will be repaired within the next two hours.”

Adam Reid, property maintenance manager for Orbit South, which manages Beaufort Court, said: “We are aware of the water leak affecting the 90 properties at Beaufort Court, as well as surrounding areas. Southern Water has accepted responsibility for repairing the leak and is arranging for drinking water to be delivered. We are monitoring the situation closely and are also providing additional water to customers.”

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