UPDATE: Overnight closures to A605 in Whittlesey so burst main can be repaired

THE A605 will be closed in Whittlesey for the next two nights to complete repairs to a water main which burst yesterday.

Residents had to be helped from their homes after the main burst in King’s Dyke, close to Funthams Lane, at 4pm and caused septic tanks to overflow.

Emergency works were carried out last night and this morning under temporary traffic lights - but to repair the main the road needs to be excavated.

Anglian Water Service’s contractor Balfour Beatty intend to effect the closure at about 8pm today and work through the night to repair the burst. They will make a temporary reinstatement and open the road by 7am tomorrow.

Work will be completed under another full closure overnight tomorrow. The road will be open by 7am Thursday.

Traffic will be diverted from the A605 at Whittlesey via B1040 Ramsey Road and B1093 Milk and Water Drove back to the A605 and vice versa.

Firefighters from Stanground were called yesterday after reports people were trapped in their homes. Crews used a high volume pump to clear the water after Anglian Water isolated the source of the problems.

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Two ground pumps, two jets and a ground monitor were used to clear the water from the homes.