Burst pipe floods road leaving thousands without water

Jimmy Nsubuga
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The burst pipe at Bearsden Road in Anniesland caused flooding in nearby roads. (Scottish Water)

A burst pipe has led to almost 53,000 homes and businesses losing access to water in Glasgow.

The fault at Bearsden Road in Anniesland caused flooding in nearby roads on Saturday morning, with ice forming due to cold temperatures.

Scottish Water confirmed its engineers were at the scene fixing a fault to a 36in (91cm) trunk main.

The disruption affected customer supplies in the G3, G11, G12, G13, G14 and G15 area of west Glasgow.

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A Scottish Water spokesperson said: "We would like to apologise to customers in Glasgow who are experiencing disruption to their water supply this morning as a result of a burst on one of our trunk mains serving the western side of the city.

"Our priority is to restore normal service for customers as quickly as possible and provide assistance to residents in the vicinity of the burst, working closely with our emergency response partners.

"Once our team has isolated the damaged section of pipeline, we will be able to begin recharging the network and restoring supplies over the course of this morning."

Scottish Water has advised customers to run the cold tap until the water is clear when the pipe is repaired as the water could appear discoloured.

Police are managing traffic in the Bearsden Road area following the burst pipe.

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Meanwhile, yellow weather warnings for snow and ice are in place across most of Scotland and parts of northern England and Wales on Saturday, and again on Sunday, as well as eastern parts of Northern Ireland.

Loch Glascarnoch, near Garve in northern Scotland, recorded the lowest temperature in the UK on Friday night at minus 6.5C.

Temperatures will begin to rise towards double figures into next week, forecasters have predicted.

Chief meteorologist at the Met Office, Neil Armstrong, said: “On Sunday there is a risk of freezing rain over the high ground in Scotland and northern England, with further snow in the Scottish hills, before turning to rain as the warm air takes hold.”

Watch: Lowest temperature recorded in UK since 1995