MULTIPLE water leaks in Montgomery caused the local primary school to close for the day – while a primary school eight miles away in Welshpool was also forced to close.
Earlier this morning (September 13) it was reported that there had been a road closure in Montgomery due to a water leak, which happened around 7am.
Water supplier Hafren Dyfrdwy/Severn Trent has confirmed the leak was caused by a burst water main, which left large puddles of water to build up in various parts of town, including residential areas like Gaol Road.
A social media post described the incident as a “massive water leak” which caused the closure of an area of the city where the B4388 and B4385 intersect, at around 8.30am.
Reports of a second leak, by The Dragon parking lot across town, also surfaced shortly after 9am.
As a result, Montgomery Church Primary School in Wales said it had no running water and confirmed the school was closing for the day.
“The school is closing as we speak,” a school spokesperson told the County Times.
‘We spoke to Severn Trent earlier this morning and they first told us it would be fixed at 8.30am the road was supposed to be open. But we had to make a decision based on health and safety reasons.
“We don’t have water, so there are no toilets or handwashing facilities for the children and we can’t afford school meals. We plan to reopen tomorrow.
The burst pipe even forced the closure of Ysgol Gymraeg y Trallwng, eight miles up the road in Welshpool as well.
A spokesperson for the Red Bank-based school said: ‘We have to be on the same line as the school in Montgomery.
“We close at 1 p.m. for health and safety reasons.”
Welshpool High School and Welshpool Church Primary School in Wales confirmed they were unaffected by the incident and were open as normal.
The leaks were first reported in the North Powys Community Travel Alerts Facebook group just after 7am. “Massive water leak in Montgomery. Lifting all the tarmac. Severn Trent there,” one resident said in a post.
“(The leak is located at) the bottom of town where the road splits to Forden or to Garthmyl.”
Another post added: “There is also a huge water leak near The Dragon car park but passable at the moment.”
Andy Mason said: “Section of road closed between Chirbury road bend and just before Welshpool road bend.
“Passable via Chirbury Road then onto Millionaires Road and left towards Montgomery past the vets if heading towards Garthmyl and Newtown etc. Just a big loop to tackle.
“I spoke to the water guy. He could not give me the time when the road will be open again. So, expect a long shutdown.
Bus company Lloyds Coaches said its T12 service would not operate in Montgomery today.
On its website, Severn Trent confirmed that the water main burst affected areas SY15 and SY21 in Powys. They said they hoped to fix the problem before 3 p.m.
“Following our previous update, we are very sorry if you are still experiencing supply disruptions due to a water main break on Church Bank.
“Our teams are working hard to get your water flowing again, we originally hoped this would be resolved by 11am. The fix is taking us a bit longer than expected, but we believe we are on the right track to resolve this problem within 3 p.m.
Montgomery has been besieged by water issues in recent years. In 2018, water main breaks were recorded in March, October and November, severely affecting areas like Pool Road and Station Road.
The water main was originally scheduled to be replaced in the fall of 2019.