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A13 slip road flooded in Dagenham by burst water-main causing gridlock traffic

PUBLISHED: 09:28 07 June 2018 | UPDATED: 09:28 07 June 2018

The westbound slip road on the A13 which was flooded when a water wain burst under the pavement. Picture source: Google

The westbound slip road on the A13 which was flooded when a water wain burst under the pavement. Picture source: Google

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Four people had to be rescued from cars stranded when a water-main burst and flooded part of Ripple Road leading off the A13 flyover at Dagenham early this-morning.

They were helped out of their vehicles on the slip-road leading off to the flyover when three cars were trapped in 10ins of water.

The flyover had to be closed westbound as water seeped across the A13 carriageway, while the flooding was being pumped away.

The flyover was later reopened, but has caused gridlock traffic during the morning rush-hour.

“The people we got out of the cars were embarrassed at having to be rescued,” a fire brigade officer told the Barking & Dagenham Post. “The cars had ploughed into the floodwater and got stuck.

“Factories on the industrial estate next to the flyover have been affected, but luckily none of the nearby houses.”

Water company engineers have had to turn off three mains supplying the area to stem the leak. They are investigating the cause of the flooding.

Traffic congestion continues along the A13 and Ripple Road.

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