Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


PICTURES: Burst water main affects several properties

Beckers Green Road, Braintree
14/05/2022 @ 06:36
Incident Number: 167836
In attendance: 1 x Braintree, 1 x Coggeshall, 1 x Halstead, 1 x Thaxted, 1 x Maldon (Environmental Unit)

Firefighters were called to the scene of a burst water main in Braintree this morning.

On arrival, crews confirmed that several properties were being affected by the water.

Road closures are currently in place for all of Beckers Green Road and much of Cressing Road (from the junction of Beckers Green Road up to the A120 roundabout).

Crews worked hard to protect properties from the excess water and ensure the water level remained under control.

At 9am, Group Manager Craig McLellan said: "Our crews are working as hard as they can to firstly control the water and secondly minimise disruption. This is a large water main that's burst, that's created a lot of standing water in the area - so we're doing everything we can to drain it as quickly as possible.

"If you're travelling nearby today, please do avoid this area. We expect these roads to be closed for some time."

At 9.30am, the water board were in attendance.

At 10.45am, firefighters were beginning to hand over the scene to Anglian Water.

Station Manager Lee Hurst said: "I'd like to thank the local community for their support this morning and recognise the hard work of our crews in managing the flow of water.

"This was a really challenging incident and we're grateful to Braintree Rugby Club for allowing us to use their pitch to help drain some of this water.

"A lot of water still remains in the area, but we are now in a position to begin handing the scene over to Anglian Water, who will be able to update on how this incident progresses. Please do keep an eye on their channels for the latest updates."

You can follow Anglian Water on Twitter, Facebook or find out the latest on their website here.

Could you be an on-call firefighter?

Firefighters called to this incident are on-call firefighters, who all live or work within 5 minutes of their Fire Station and attend incidents.

If you live or work within 5 minutes of an on-call fire station, you could be an on-call firefighter too.

Find out more about the role at

Incident Images

  • 167836 - 1
  • 167836 - 2
  • 167836 - 3
Site by Pingala Media