Residents fed up with flooding

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Angry residents in Boothtown say they are fed up with water flooding the road outside their homes.

A water main burst on Boothtown Road for the second time in two days last Thursday at 8.20pm, but residents say it took Yorkshire Water more than two hours to arrive on the scene.

Suresh Patel, with neighbours David Briggs and Samantha Gough, outside his shop in Boothtown.

Suresh Patel, with neighbours David Briggs and Samantha Gough, outside his shop in Boothtown.

The Sadnha Store was only prevented from being flooded when the owner’s two sons and nearby residents swept water away from the premises.

Suresh Patel, 56, who has owned the store for 19 years, said: “If it had happened during the night the shop would have been flooded.

“We want a higher curb in front of the shop so that if it happens again, the water can’t get in.

“It took them two-and-a-half hours to turn the water off - they didn’t act quickly enough.

“The police didn’t turn up either so we had to shut the road ourselves.

“It was as if nobody was willing to help.”

Sue Smith, who lives on nearby Mcburney Close, said: “I was in the kitchen and I thought it was raining.

“We want to see the job done right instead of just patching it up.

In a statement, Yorkshire Water said: “We would like to apologise to customers who have been affected.

“The sustained period of hot weather put an increased strain on our network as the heat compacted the ground causing it to compress around our pipes.

“The road was closed to enable essential repair work to take place.”

Click on the video to see footage of the flood sent in by Suresh Patel, owner of Sadhna Store in Boothtown.