IPSWICH: Five flats in a prestigious Waterfront complex are drying out today after dramatic scenes were captured on video when a mains burst above the fourth floor.

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Amazing footage of the flooding was captured by one witness who was so struck by the dramatic events that he is heard swearing in amazement.

And the full drama of last week’s cascade was captured on film and it is likely to become the latest YouTube sensation.

It was last Wednesday that residents in the Quayside building of The Mill on the Waterfront were confronted by a torrent as they stepped out of the doors of their flats.

Several flats on the fourth floor of the block, which overlooks the Wet Dock, suffered water damage – although it is understood that there was no structural damage.

Max Turner, from Riverdale Estates, which manages some of the flats in The Mill said there had been work on the Quayside building before the flood.

Because of the nature of the building, it had flowed straight down and into the courtyard – properties had not been heavily waterlogged for a long time.

Paul Musson ,director of managing agents EWS Chartered Surveyors, who was on the scene last Wednesday, said: “I can confirm that a rising water main burst last Wednesday.

“We were able to shut off the supply within ten minutes and most of the water found its way out through the lift shaft. Mopping up was completed by 5pm on the day and we are now in the process of dehumidifying affected areas before assessing any damage and carrying out repairs.

“Unfortunately we believe five apartments have been affected and we are liaising with residents to deal with this as quickly as possible.”

Some of the flats damaged by flooding are managed by Nicholas Estates. They held a meeting with building managers EWS and the tenants yesterday afternoon to discuss the problems.

Nicholas Golding, director of Nicholas Estates, said: “We understand tenants have been affected and we’re working very hard with any related party who can positively get this resolved.”

Other parts of The Mill development were not affected by the flooding – it was confined to the single building which is some distance from the main tower and the Dance East Jerwood Dance House.

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25 comments

  • Wow, reading some of the comments has on here just confirms what I know to be true about my fellow Ipswich residents. Ipswich really is full of truly mean spirited, rubbish people. Makes me proud to have been born here. Not.

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    M L

    Wednesday, December 14, 2011

  • Chris Ward and so many others who have put an @ signs to make themselves look cool. Yes my comment was riddled with spelling mistakes and bad grammar but my message is still the same. If you think the headline is over sensationalised then email the editor. Stop putting silly comments on a story that is a serious matter for some unfortunate residents. Yes the headline is some what an overkill but you certainly clicked on it and you most certainly got suckered in!

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    Mr DJ

    Tuesday, December 13, 2011

  • This video has been removed by the user. Sorry about that.

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    Winston Barrington Jr.

    Tuesday, December 13, 2011

  • "set to become internet smash"!! very ambitious indeed. Um, as of now 267 views. can't see anything remotely interesting about this video. must be a slow news day at the Evening Star!

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    Lainey

    Tuesday, December 13, 2011

  • MrDJ, not disputing what actually happened isn't newsworthy. What is, is the over-exagerated presumptious and misleading headline about it being a youtube sensation (which it isn't and won't be) that is the issue here. Why would a newspaper editor even suggest it would be?

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    Lainey

    Tuesday, December 13, 2011

  • I totally agree with Icabod!!! and Mr DJ, using correct spelling, punctuation and grammar wouldn't go a-miss..we live in a democracy whereby freedom of speech, thought and opinion is a basic human right

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    Chris Ward

    Tuesday, December 13, 2011

  • You incosiderate bunch of fools. This is news. Imagine you woke up one morning and your house or property had been flooded due to no fault of your own and everything ruined weeks before christmas! Think about it before you type!

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    Mr DJ

    Tuesday, December 13, 2011

  • They should be able to actually shift some of those flats now each one has an upgraded 'Wet Room'

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    Alex Robertson

    Tuesday, December 13, 2011

  • Why didn't the half wit turn the stop cock off instead of recording it on the mobile?

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    david hoare

    Tuesday, December 13, 2011

  • "likely to become the latest YouTube sensation". ha. it's hardly Benton Fenton is it? It's a video of some water in a building. wow.

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    Beach Hut

    Tuesday, December 13, 2011

  • What is the matter with Evening StarArchant? Does nobody in their offices have any clue about IT - how difficult would it have been for them to bleep out the single and obvious swear word in this video - I let my children use this site I would certainly not want them to hear that. I have had several posts barred on this site where they are marginally controversal but never insulating, yet these so called professionals think it is right to post a video like this. Very poor judgement. You wouldn't print a headline saying "What the f&*k" would you - no - so why do this.

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    Sam

    Tuesday, December 13, 2011

  • Why on earth is set to become a YouTube sensation? This is again another piece of 'nothing' news being reported by the Evening Star.

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    Oracle

    Tuesday, December 13, 2011

  • Chris Ward is in no position to criticize anyone's spelling and grammar when his is far from perfect. Starting a sentence with the word and is not correct and if he thinks it is at least he should begin sentences with a capital letter. His spelling of amiss is incorrect also. It is not hyphenated.

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    Ken Kernow

    Wednesday, December 14, 2011

  • 237 views at the time of writing... phenomenon indeed...

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    Beach Hut

    Tuesday, December 13, 2011

  • Users channel not available, they'd posted 3 videos, all unavailable, do you think as journalists some investigative journalism might be in order to find out why they've been taken down, is something sinister afoot, or will this story quietly be swept under the carpet...

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    Tifflet

    Tuesday, December 13, 2011

  • Well, best day of my life waking up at 7:30 am stepping out of my bed into 2 inches of water ... Christmas presents floating around the lounge! At least we do not have to walk around in wellies any more!

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    Ross

    Tuesday, December 13, 2011

  • I can't see this video going viral to be honest. At least EWS & Nicholas Estates are trying to be proactive, it's obviously a developers fault.

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    debbie p

    Tuesday, December 13, 2011

  • Dear Kenny M, the use of the odd "comma" wouldn't go amiss.. Happy Christmas!!!

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    Chris Ward

    Thursday, December 15, 2011

  • oh Mr DJ, I don't think you're being ironic are you? The thrust of the story is about the event being a "youtube smash", not the leak itself. think about it before you type!

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    Beach Hut

    Tuesday, December 13, 2011

  • Must be a slow news day! Not really a story if two reputable local companies like Nicholas Estates & EWS are on top of this. The video will only be a sensation if there is suddenly a cat surfboarding down the corridor.

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    Ross B

    Tuesday, December 13, 2011

  • Warning: contains very strong language - hmmm, yes he swore but it's a widely used word, and understandable in the circumstances. wouldn't have said it was very strong through!

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    BlipThePeanut's Dad

    Tuesday, December 13, 2011

  • Ahhh yes, this is the perfect video to demonstrate the "Jewel in Ipswich's Crown"... a damp and smelly mess more like.

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    Fat Lady Sings

    Tuesday, December 13, 2011

  • @ Mr DJ, no... sorry, put this the residents magazine, or maybe on the waterfront website (they must have one of those by now surely), or maybe in their very own Waterfront supplement of the Evening Star, or the Waterfront Facebook page for all I care. I accept that for the village of "Waterfront" it's news... for the town of Ipswich (remember us, the original estates which are now largely ignored by IBC and the ES in favour of the Waterfront) its merely a mildly funny video of what happens when you half build a rubbish development next to a smelly dock using bad designers, bad architects and bad builders... so rather then moan at us mere non "Waterfont" mortals for laughing, I'd grab a mop if you are so concerned...

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    Fat Lady Sings

    Tuesday, December 13, 2011

  • This looks quite reasonable for this most prestigious slum. Keep them coming.

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    Icabod

    Tuesday, December 13, 2011

  • Internet sensation? It's currently got 188 views, that includes the people that have watched it here.

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    Tamara Knight

    Tuesday, December 13, 2011

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