'Hazardous' Metcombe water 'leak' being dealt with- DCC

PUBLISHED: 14:16 09 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:09 17 June 2010

CONCERNS over a suspected water leak in Metcombe becoming dangerous in freezing temperatures are being addressed, according to Devon County Council.

CONCERNS over a suspected water leak in Metcombe becoming dangerous in freezing temperatures are being addressed, according to Devon County Council.

As temperatures plummeted earlier this week, Paul Carter, an Ottery St Mary town councillor for the Tipton St John Ward, voiced his frustration that the enigmatic pool of water covering road opposite Metcombe Rise had seemingly not been dealt with.

He said: "Due to the severe weather it could be very dangerous and is a potential hazard, it has been there since before Christmas.

"From my point-of-view, I understand things can't be done overnight but it's ironic that it's a water leak- not something complicated- and it has taken so long for someone to come out."

"You can't say for sure what the problem is until you dig it up but it's across a highway and somebody needs to have a look and address the situation."

Ottery St Mary Town Council reported the problem to DCC which said yesterday it was aware of the situation and temporary repair measures- including grit and ice boards had been put in place. A spokesperson added the situation was being monitored but the amount of ice made determining the source of water difficult at this stage.

South West Water said it carried out 'leak detection work' at the scene on December 23 but there was no evidence to suggest there was a mains leak. However, another instance of running water further down the road has led to further, ongoing investigations. A spokesperson added a similar problem near Tipton Rise was being treated as a "priority".


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