UPDATE: Cars crushed as underground car park is deluged with water
09:20 10 October 2016
Pipe repair work in Crayford Road is believed to be the cause of the problems
Water supplies are now returning to normal in Dartford after a burst pipe caused flooding on the High Street, however, a number of cars were crushed when an underground car park was deluged with water on Sunday morning.
Some vehicles’ roofs caved in after the insulation under the car park floor swelled, forcing them into the concrete ceiling above.Engineers have been working since Tuesday to fix a pipe that runs inside a bridge above the railway line, but a burst in an adjoining pipe led to several feet of floodwater which caused disruption and damage to cars..
Between 12 and 16 cars are said to have been damaged.
Thames Water senior operations manager Danny Leamon said: “This is an extremely difficult repair, due to the location and depth of the pipe, and we are very frustrated to have suffered this major setback.
“The second burst and flooding is now under control and water pressure should be returning to normal for customers. We’re really sorry for this added disruption our work is causing, and are doing everything possible to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.”
The postcodes affected by water supply problems were: DA1, DA2, DA4, DA5, DA6, DA8, DA9, DA14, DA15, DA16, and SE9.