VIDEO: Union Street floods as gaping hole opens up in middle of road
A BUSY stretch of city road was closed for around four hours yesterday evening after a burst water main turned Plymouth's clubland into more of a water park.
Police were called to Union Street after water began gushing out from underneath the road surface shortly after 6pm.
Officers at the scene said it appeared the road had risen by around 3ft.
Several businesses along the stretch near the Octagon were threatened with flooding as police closed the road between the traffic lights near to Aldi and the roundabout by KFC.
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But for one pub, Maxine's, the gushing water actually entered the property forcing it to shut on one of its busiest nights.
"We are flooded right from the front door to the back door," said owner Maxine McTighe, who was busy mopping up.
"We have about four inches of water throughout the pub and the smell is awful. It's stinking in here.
"We were supposed to be open until midnight but if anyone wants to come in they'll have to wear a snorkel.
"We would have taken a good £3,500 on bank holiday Sunday usually – August is always the busiest bank holiday of the year too.
"I don't think we'll be open for a few days. I think we'll need a new wood floor too."
At one point officers at the scene said the water was gushing out at such a rate they thought they might have to close the whole road off to both vehicles and pedestrians.
One bystander said it looked like "a river" had opened up in Union Street.
A South West Water worker arrived at the scene at around 6.45pm.
The workman told The Herald that the cause of the flood was a bust six inch cast iron water main.
"We'll get the mound gone, re-tarmac the road and reopen it," he said.
Eyewitnesses said further cracks were beginning to show in the road shortly before 7pm, with the water deepening.
Police attempted to locate motorists whose vehicles were parked in the street and could be at risk and Plymouth City Council was called to close the road while workers from the water company carried out the repairs.