Updated: Nov 7, 2020
Sherrard Street has been forced to close this morning (Friday) following a burst water main.
The road is expected to remain closed until at least Tuesday 10th November.
A Leicestershire County Council Spokesperson said: “Leicestershire County Council Highways has agreed to a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order at the above location.
An emergency road closure is required on Sherrard Street until Tuesday 10th November 2020.
The Temporary Traffic Regulation Order will be implemented for public safety, so Severn Trent Water and their contractors can undertake repairs to a burst water main
The proposed alternative diversion route will signed on site.
Leicestershire County Council apologises for any inconvenience caused during these works.”
The road is closed from the junction with Sage Cross Street and pavements along both sides of the road are broken in places following the leak.
Sgt Smart from Melton Police tweeted an update at 08:19 on Friday morning: "Sherrard Street closure update: Severn Trent are working on the water leak as fast as they can but the road is likely to be closed for several days. Please find an alternative route"
Debris on the road in Sherrard Street, Melton. Photo: NEMM.
One fire appliance from Melton station and and the Police were called to the incident at around 7:30am on Friday morning.
A Leicestershire Fire & Rescue Spokesperson said: "A large water main was burst in the town centre, but the supply was isolated upon our arrival. We used gas monitor to monitor for gasses, none were found."
Severn Trent Water are now starting to work on the leak and the road is completely closed.
The pavements in Sherrard Street have been pulled up as well as the main road. Photo: NEMM.
The issue couldn't have come at a worst time for local businesses who are already operating on reduced footfall due to the Covid-19 lockdown.
Sit and Settle based in Sherrard Street posted on their Facebook page: "As you are probably aware . Sherrard street is now closed to traffic due to a major Water pipe burst. All water as now been drained away WE ARE STILL OPEN FOR TAKEAWAYS . "
Locals will also remember when a pipe burst on the same stretch of road in 2017.
Work on the same street in 2017 following another burst pipe. Photo: NEMM.
A Severn Trent Water Spokesperson said: "We're really sorry for the inconvenience that this burst is causing. We can assure you that we're doing all we can to get this repaired and the area back to normal as quickly as possible"
Police and Fire Crews in Sherrard Street on Friday morning. Photo: NEMM