Monday, March 8, 1999 Published at 09:54 GMT
Massive flooding causes commuter misery
North Circular flood: Causing severe conjestion
Drivers suffered traffic chaos on Monday after millions of gallons of water from a ruptured pipe left one of London's busiest roads badly flooded.
The Metropolitan police have advised drivers to avoid the area and to leave extra time for their journeys.
'One of the biggest'
Local diversions are in operation via Bridgewater Road, Wembley High Road and Harrow Road.
BBC traffic services reported severe conjestion on other areas of the A406 North Circular, with traffic crawling westbound from Staples Corner, M1 junction 1.
Engineers from Thames Water have now isolated the damaged section of pipe after it gave out on Saturday evening.
They are currently working with emergency services to pump the equivalent of a small lake away from the road into the nearby River Brent.
'Fact of life'
A spokesman for Thames Water said that the burst was "one of the biggest we've ever had to deal with".
"Unfortunately such burst are a fact of life," he said.
"There could have been a number of contributing factors, including traffic movement, temperature fluctuations and changes in water pressure.
"Obviously once we have pumped the water away we will have to clear up the mud and filth and resurface the road, after assessing the damage.
"We do apologise to anyone affected by the burst for any inconvenience they might have suffered."