WORKS to repair a burst Winchester water main are set to continue after homes were without a supply.

Thousands of gallons of water flooded onto Bereweeke Road in Weeke on Friday afternoon, with Southern Water workmen toiling through the night to fix the problem.

Local resident Ian Tait said: “It is an absolute torrent. I struggled to get up the road without being soaked. It is the worst water leak I have ever seen.”

Lanterns Nursery is closest to the leak and Lynsay Falkingham, acting headteacher, said it had closed early because of the loss of water.

She said: “It is right at the end of our drive. Fortunately we are slightly higher up.

“The water is just gushing out. The concrete and tarmac is being lifted up. They are shutting the road now.

“We closed because we did not know if the parents would be able to get out of the car park and because we have no water.”

The Southern Water spokesman added on today: “After working round the clock, our teams completed repairs in the early hours of Sunday.

"Due to the extent of damage underground, the road will unfortunately have to remain closed while it is properly restored. We are working as quickly as safety permits but a diversion will be in place until the road is fixed.

"We're sorry for the inconvenience the burst caused our customers and also apologise to anyone affected by the road closure."