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Last Updated: Wednesday, 16 January 2008, 10:35 GMT
Burst water mains cuts off homes
Hundreds of homes were left without running water after a suspected burst water mains in Devon.

South West Water (SWW) carried out repairs on the fault which affected about 900 homes for about nine hours in the Newton Abbot area.

Highweek, Knowles Hill, Teigngrace, Hennock and a rural area between Newton Abbot and the A38 were affected.

Engineers had problems pinpointing the exact location of the burst because of waterlogged ground after recent rain.

SWW said water had been rerouted around the network by Wednesday morning to supply all but a dozen properties supplied directly from the mains, which runs from Tottiford Reservoir to Newton Abbot.

The remaining properties have been offered water deliveries.

Anyone in urgent need of fresh water for medical reasons is asked to contact the SWW emergency 24-hour helpline.

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