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Burst water main causes 15m x 15m hole in the ground to form in Flemish Brabant village

The municipal disaster plan has been put into force after a burst water main washed away part of a suburban street in the Flemish Brabant municipality of Sint-Pieters-Leeuw. A huge crater measuring 15m by 15m has formed in the street. 

Sand bags have been distributed to residents in the stricken area. The Mayor of Sint-Pieters-Leeuw Luc Deconinck (Flemish nationalist) told VRT Radio 2 that “The Municipal Emergency Phase vas initiated at around 2am. A lot of water has escaped from the main and dozens of cellars has been flooded. The water has caused a large sinkhole under in the street and an adjacent garden is also threatened.    

Between 15 and 30 houses are affected and five families have been evacuated. Supply to the water main has been cut while repairs are carried out.