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Burst sewer in Sandwich Road, Cliffsend

Engineers are working on a burst sewer in Cliffsend, near Ramsgate.

The problem was identified in Sandwich Road this afternoon and Southern Water are investigating. But the company says no homes are affected.

Incident manager Peter Stakim said: "Our teams are responding to an issue with the sewer on Sandwich Road which leads to our Military Road pumping station.

Engineers at the burst sewer in Sandwich Road, Cliffsend (21038976)
Engineers at the burst sewer in Sandwich Road, Cliffsend (21038976)

"We’re liaising with the Environment Agency to assess if any environmental damage was caused in the initial burst.

"Mitigation measures were quickly put in place and we are currently using tankers to help manage flows while we make repairs. We apologise for any disruption the tankers cause."

"More than £30 million has been spent on renovating Thanet’s sewers in the last five years and the section which has burst is also due for replacement.

"In light of this incident we will be assessing to see how work on a permanent replacement can be brought forward."

"The team will be manning our incident van parked between the Viking ship and the café on Sandwich Road this afternoon to answer any questions from locals."

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