THIS WEEK IN 1973: Gush-hour traffic caught in floods

About a million gallons of water flooded Portsbridge roundabout after a water main was fractured '“ delaying rush hour traffic by more than an hour.Â

Friday, 7th September 2018, 12:41 pm
Updated Friday, 7th September 2018, 12:47 pm
Hampshire police, with their shoes and socks off, direct traffic away from the floods.

A team of men from Portsmouth Water Company fought to turn off valves to stop water gushing from the 24-inch main. 

The main was fractured where contractors were pile-driving as part of the M27 flyover works, and the flood brought traffic from all directions to a halt. 

'˜It was just like an oil gush,' said Mr Sivyer, an onlooker from Cosham. 

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'˜It even lifted rocks into the air. 

'˜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.