Around 15 homes were affected by flooding today (Tuesday, August 19) when a water main burst in Broadfield.
Firefighters battled to protect homes in Regents Close and St James Walk from the rising water after being called at 10.01am.
A West Sussex Fire and Rescue spokeswoman said two houses were flooded internally with 15 affected by external floodwater.
Bottled water was being distributed to residents throughout the area, with Hampstead Walk and Jackson Road also affected.
“I think it was about 9am or 9.15am when the water pipe burst opposite 21 St James Walk burst,” said resident David Thurbin.
“The water was just running in torrents down to Regents Close.”
Mr Thurbin said residents had been told the problem was unlikely to be fixed before this evening and electricity supplies may also have to be cut off while work took place.
A spokeswoman for Southern Water said a six-inch water main burst this morning.
“About 160 properties in the Regents Close, St James Walk area have had their water supply switched off while we repair the pipe,” she said.
“Bottled water has been delivered to several customers and we are working as quickly as we can to restore supplies.
“Regrettably, due to the size of the main and the amount of water escaping from it, water entered about six properties and one of these has suffered flooding to the ground floor.
“We are doing all we can to help this customer and this is a priority.
“We’d like to apologise to everyone affected by the burst.”
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