December 28, 2010
presents ruined as burst pipe causes flood damage
Christmas presents were ruined after a burst pipe sent water flooding
through ceilings in a basement flat on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront
water gushed into the flat on The Esplanade early on Monday morning
(December 27th) at the start of this week's thaw.
Neil Cartwright and Kelly Coffey called the fire brigade, who
managed to halt the flow of water by turning off a nearby stopcock
shortly after 5am.
many Christmas presents - including DVDs and games consoles -
were ruined after being submerged in the water, as pictured above.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "A burst pipe in an unoccupied part
of the building caused the water to stream into our flat. It initially
came through light fittings in the ceiling, then ran down the
stairs and along the hallway."
added: "Well over six inches of water came in - it was frightening
- and we were relieved when the fire brigade managed to stop the
water. Sadly, some presents were ruined or damaged, including
a games console."
added: "It's definitely not been a great Christmas for us,
particularly given that we weren't fully insured."
water, gas and electricity have all had to be cut off while repairs
are made, but our landlord has brought in several heaters to help
us. It will probably be some time before things get back to normal."