A ROAD which was damaged due to a burst water main is set to be shut until next week.

Part of Daws Heath Road, in Rayleigh, was closed earlier today due to a burst water main.

The incident occurred at around 7am this morning.

Following the burst water main a huge hole has appeared in the road, which is closed from the junction near to Wyburns Ave, towards the A127. 

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A spokesman for Essex and Suffolk Water has since confirmed the road will remain closed until early next week.

“We were made aware of a burst water pipe this morning on Daws Heath Road.

“Because of the size of the pipe, there was extensive damage to the road when it burst, and some localised flooding to a nearby garden centre.

“Our technicians were quickly on site to stop the flow of water from the pipe, and we have been busy making the area safe, cleaning up and working closely with those who have been affected.

“The repair on the pipe is now ongoing and once this is complete, we’ll begin the repair work on the road.

“In the meantime, we anticipate the road will remain closed until early next week.

“We’re very sorry for the inconvenience this will cause to local people and would like to thank those affected for their patience and understanding while we get things back to normal.”