Flood caused by contractor hitting pipe

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A contractor hitting a water main pipe is behind flooding that has closed two central Queenstown streets.

Thompson Street and Brunswick Street have been closed while repairs to a damaged water main are carried out, Queenstown council spokesman Jack Barlow said.

”Earlier today a contractor hit a 300-400mm water main pipe on Thompson Street. This has caused a large volume of water to flow down a bank onto Brunswick Street, causing damage to four cars and potential flooding to some private properties.

”Unfortunately some debris has entered the lake – this has been contained and a clean-up underway.

”The water was shut off in time to reduce the effect on the reservoir, meaning residents in the immediate area and town centre will still have access to water.”

Council contractors are urgently working to repair the main and working with any residents or businesses affected, he said.

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A Fire and Emergency NZ spokeswoman said water was flooding the St Moritz Hotel.

Council staff asked people to avoid the area.