Burst water main in Hobart’s north leaves 2,000 homes without water for 19 hours

About 2,000 homes in Hobart’s northern suburbs were left without water for about 19 hours after a water main burst yesterday evening.

TasWater said repair crews were at the scene overnight and most of today, with properties impacted across West Moonah and Glenorchy since about 7pm.

Services were restored at 2:15pm.

Bottled water was handed out to those affected at the driveway entrance to the TasWater Depot in Birdwood Avenue Moonah.

TasWater department manager Ruth Dowty earlier said crews were exhausted.

“Our crews are very, very tired at this point, so we have brought in contractors to help as well because we are very concerned about the wellbeing of our crews,” she said.

It is unknown if the cause of the burst main is due to due to storm damage.

A partly submerged car.
Parts of Hobart were hit by flooding on Friday.(Supplied: Patrick Barker)

“The break occurred Friday evening and there are about 2,000 properties across the area affected, so it is quite a big one,” Ms Dowty said.

Parts of Tasmania were battered by a severe thunderstorm yesterday, leading to power outages, school closures and roads flooding as rivulets around Hobart broke their banks.

The Education Department closed 11 schools, including in South Hobart, Blackmans Bay, Kingston, and Huonville, and the SES said it received more than 250 calls for help overnight into Friday.

Flooded backyard in Hobart.
Backyards in Hobart were flooded as heavy rain fell in the south of the state.(ABC News: Matthew Growcott)

‘These things happen’

Ashlee Gale, who lives next to the where the main burst, said it had been a “fairly chaotic” 24 hours.

“We were alerted to the burst when some subsequent flooding happened in the block next to us and unfortunately impacted the neighbors behind us,” she said.

“These things happen. It’s not just as simple as fixing a busted pipe.

“From what I understand, it’s not straightforward [job] because it’s on a residential property.

“And unfortunately I think our neighbors have sustained a fair amount of damage to their property.”

Despite the inconvenience, Ms Gale said she felt for the workers who had worked through the night to resolve the issue.

“[TasWater crews] have been working … to fix the burst. The conditions outside are absolutely horrible. I really feel for them.”

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