A KEY Saddleworth road remains shut after a water main burst in Greenfield on Tuesday night. (October 30).
A fleet of special tankers are in the area helping keep water supplies on tap to local households.
It is believed a pipe taking water from Dovestone Reservoir to the treatment plant at Buckton Castle, Mossley burst, flooding the main carriageway.
Contractors are carrying out emergency repairs at the junction of Dacres Road and the A 635 Manchester Road.
Three years ago this month, at the same spot, an 18” diameter pipe burst causing flooding, road closures and cutting off supplies to several properties.
However, the busy road will remain shut until an assessment of the damage to the carriageway and road surface.
Drivers travelling from the Clarence end of Manchester Road can still access properties on Gladstone Terrace Road, Warlow Drive and through to Noon Sun Close.
But diversion signs are in place at the junction of Friezland Lane and Oak View Road for non-local traffic.
A further ‘road closed’ sign has been erected after the Royal George crossroads for traffic wanting to travel further along the A635.
Well-i-Hole in Greenfield was closed for a time on Tuesday evening because of flood water running from the burst.
However, that route is clear as are roads towards Mossley and Stalybridge along Huddersfield Road.
The ‘water on wheels’ tankers – known as ASVs – reduce the impact of bursts.
They pump in water at various points throughout the network to maintain people’s supplies while repairs are carried out.
A spokesperson for United Utilities said: “There’s been a burst on one of the large water mains carrying water from Dove Stone reservoir to the treatment works.
“Our team of engineers has been on site since the early hours of the morning, isolating the water pipe and pumping away the water so that they can dig down to begin repairs on the pipe.
“We are liaising with Cadent because there is a gas main in the same area which may also have been affected by the burst.
It is too soon yet to say how long repairs will take but we should have a better idea later today (October 30).”