THIS WEEK IN 1973: Gush-hour traffic caught inÂ floods
About a million gallons of water flooded Portsbridge roundabout after a water main was fractured '“Â delaying rush hour traffic by more than an hour.Â
A team of men from Portsmouth Water Company fought to turn off valves to stop water gushing from the 24-inch main.Â
The main was fractured where contractors wereÂ pile-driving as part of the M27 flyover works, and the floodÂ brought traffic from all directions to a halt.Â
'˜It was just like an oil gush,' said Mr Sivyer, an onlooker fromÂ Cosham.Â
'˜It even lifted rocks into the air.Â
'˜Two men who were standing on the site were lifted off their feet and made a run for it.'
The flood was three feet deep in places.
It took three days for the main to be repaired and for the road to return to normal.Â