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A high street has been shut both ways due to flooding after a water main burst last night.

Sheerness High Street is closed between Victoria Street and St George's Avenue after a main ruptured last night at around 8pm.

Southern Water technicians are currently at the site and are working on fixing the problem following reports of flooding at 5.30am.

Police sealed off Sheerness High Street this morning.
Police sealed off Sheerness High Street this morning.

Businesses in the High Street have had to close for the day while repairs are made to the road.

Jo Lee, of House Estate Agents in the High Street, had to be escorted into the premises this morning.

She said: “The police wouldn’t allow us in. It was a bit of a mess. The road erupted upwards and the police were concerned that there would be a sinkhole.

“We haven’t been able to open the office today and we have been manning the phones remotely.

“When I left at 10am the cavalry had arrived to dig up the road and there were six Southern Water vans.”

Hairdresser and beauty salon Hair Monster were forced to cancel appointments after they were left with no water.

Amanda Williams was left to work on her own in the salon following the burst water main.

She said: "We didn't know what was happening. It has been a bit of a nightmare.

"The road is going to have to be resurfaced at some point. It has been an ongoing problem for us and I have moaned about the drains a few times.

"The drains were fixed last week and if that hadn't been done then I would have been swimming in here."

The High Street was flooded when a water main burst last night.
The High Street was flooded when a water main burst last night.

A police spokesman said: "We received a call at 5.25am about a burst water main which was causing a flood on the road.

"The High Street was closed between Victoria Street and St George’s Avenue to both pedestrians and vehicles as a safety precaution.

"Southern Water have attended to turn off the water supply and are currently dealing with the incident."

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