Residents in Astley Bridge were temporarily left with very low water pressure after a leak sprung on a road yesterday morning.

The leak occurred on Broad O’Th' Lane at around midday on Friday when residents were alerted to low water pressure in the area by water company, United Utilities.

The water caused moderate flooding on the road, with cars reportedly assisted by police officers to move through the road safely.

One resident, Tom, saw school children being taken home early at around 1pm, which he suspects was a result of the low water pressure in the area.

He said: “I got a message alert in the morning from the water company saying there would be low pressure.

“I was taking a walk down to Asda and there was a tremendous amount of water running down the road.

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After witnessing the flood, Tom said he called United Utilities to let them know about the leak.

He added: “They knew they had a problem but they didn’t know where it was.

“My assumption was that a tree had gone through the water main.”

The water ran down Broad O’th Lane and down to Crompton Way making it difficult for pedestrians to cross the road. Tom also saw pupils from Thornleigh Salesian College being taken home early.

“Where the school was, all the school tutors were out in there high vis vests marshalling them across the road safety.

“It was making a mess on Crompton Way as it was building up, cars were having to slow down and police were out helping.”

After returning from the supermarket Tom says he received another message from United Utilities to say they had resolved the issue, and he returned home to find his water pressure was back to normal.

“I got another message to say it had been dealt with,” he said.

United Utilities have been contacted for comment.