December 21 2014 Latest news:
By PAUL GEATER
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
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.
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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