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South East Water says 12,000 homes have supplies returned - affected areas include Challock and Molash

By Sam Lennon

A water company has restored supplies to homes in the county - but the flow may be intermittent at times as repair work continues.

Thousands were left cut off after pipes burst during the thaw following last week's cold spell.

Over the past 24 hours, South East Water says 15,000 customers in Kent and Sussex have been reconnected.

Thousands of homes are still without water

More than 100 leaks in the two counties have been fixed since Saturday, but there are still "a large number" to repair across the network, meaning some supplies could be interrupted.

Bottled water stations are remaining in place. A station set up at Challock village green has been moved to the village hall.

A spokesman said: "We still have a large number of leaks to fix across our supply area over the coming days.

"While this important work is undertaken you may experience low pressure and short interruptions to your tap water supply.

"In the areas where water supplies are being restored, you may experience slightly discoloured or cloudy water.

"To clear this, run your kitchen taps for a short period until the water runs clear. To find out more, click here."

The crisis has come from a rash of burst pipes from the weekend thaw.

This was after last week's Beast from the East sub-zero weather front from Siberia.

The firm has brought in extra staff who are working around the clock to solve the problem.

Customers can locate and report any more leaks via South East Water's interactive map.

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