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Sewer collapse causes problems on the South Circular

Part of the South Circular in London is to remain closed for a further week at least, after emergency repairs are made to part of the sewer system.

The sewerage system that is beneath London Road in Forest Hill collapsed last Friday and needs to be rebuilt. Diversions are in place around the work which is near Sainsbury’s supermarket and it is estimated the works will not be complete for another week at least.

Thames Water is carrying out the repairs to the drainage system and are rebuilding part of the sewer. A spokesperson for Thames Water stated:

“The rebuild of this section of sewer is expected to take about two weeks.

“We are really sorry for the inconvenience this is causing road-users.”

Although on a smaller scale than the sewer system on London Road, a collapsed drain that leads from your home to the public sewer system can have devastating consequences for the homeowner. The waste water will not be able to flow into the sewer and in the worst cases can back up into your home.

If you do have a damaged waste pipe, it’s important to instigate a repair quickly. A drainage contractor will asses the damage and be able to offer the most appropriate solution.