Heavy lorries to blame for broken drain in Hessle
HEAVY goods vehicles mounting the pavement are blamed for a collapsed drain causing disruption for traffic and businesses.
Yorkshire Water has coned off a long stretch of The Weir, in Hessle, right outside the Job Centre.
The work means disruption for businesses such as Philip Sheridan Hairdressing, where owner Philip Rodmell said: "We get a lot of heavy trucks mounting the pavement and I think they've caused the damage.
"They've had to pump out all the manholes because water wasn't running away.
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"It's right outside the Job Centre. This will be a nightmare for everyone.
"It must be 50m-long. This is a busy stretch of road."
The problems in Hessle follow a spate of issues for utilities providers in the East Riding.
Keldgate in Beverley, is closed to traffic, and could be for another week, after running water from either a spring or a damaged pipe appeared to have undermined the road.
Gas, electric, water and fibre-optic cables all run under the road so what started with a simple crack in a wall has become a significant engineering headache and meant significant delays for drivers in the town.
Then, on Wednesday, a problem with an underground electricity connection caused a power outage in Beverley's Saturday Market.
Engineers spent the afternoon and early evening trying, and eventually succeeding, to get the power back on.
The cause of the problem in Hessle has not yet been determined.
Yorkshire Water was first called out to The Weir after reports residents at one house in the road could not use their toilet.
A Yorkshire Water spokesman said: "We realised very quickly that this previously private drain needs to be monitored. It's unlikely it's 50m of collapsed drain but we need to dig around it.
"The damage could have simply been caused by age or it could have been caused by a heavy vehicle.
"We apologise for any inconvenience this work causes but it's vital that we do it."
Mr Rodmell says that area of Hessle has, for years, had problems with old underground drains.
He said: "We've got a culvert running under the salon. I had to build a steel structure over it when I built my salon 30 years ago, it was reinforced.
"We've had all manner of problems with an underground culvert but it was a wonderful piece of old stonework."