‘Sewer fracture’ in Brighton causes traffic chaos and floods

Flooding at Ditchling Road after the burst water main (Photograph: Stuart Cragg @Craggyinthgolf)
Flooding at Ditchling Road after the burst water main (Photograph: Stuart Cragg @Craggyinthgolf)

Residents in some areas of Brighton are without water this afternoon, after Southern Water teams work to fix a ‘sewer fracture’ (January 6).

Southern Water said it was working to resolve the issue, which saw water flood The Level and Ditchling Road, and Sussex Police were at the scene of the burst to lend a hand with traffic management.

A Southern Water spokesman said: “We are aware of a burst in BN1 4SB. Our team are investigating and once this is complete we will begin making the necessary repairs. Sometimes repairs take longer than we’d like, as we need to complete numerous checks and tests. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and would like to thank our customers for their patience.”

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “Police are assisting Southern Water colleagues with traffic management following a sewer fracture in Ditchling Road, Brighton. A member of the public reported at 12.12pm on Friday (January 6) that the burst, at the bottom of Ditchling Road by The Level, was stopping traffic and potentially making driving hazardous.”

More to follow.