Date
26 July 2017
The streets turn into a "yellow river". The bursting of the water pipes left big holes on the road. Photo: RTHK
The streets turn into a "yellow river". The bursting of the water pipes left big holes on the road. Photo: RTHK

‘Yellow river’ emerges after water pipes burst in To Kwa Wan

Water pipes burst at the junction of Fu Ling Street and Ma Tau Chung Road in To Kwa Wan on Sunday afternoon, flooding the streets with muddy, yellowish water and rendering them impassable for nearly two hours.

Two big holes were seen on the ground after the flood, which residents described as a “yellow river”, receded.

The Water Supplies Department told public broadcaster RTHK a 90-centimeter-wide salt water main burst for still unknown reasons, triggering the flooding.

The department estimated that it may take one or two days to repair the “complex” underground pipe network.

It deployed dump trucks and used pressure washers to clean up the muddy streets.

Former district councillor Rosanda Mok Ka-han said the fresh water and flushing water pipes in the area have burst at least four times in the past year alone.

Beneath the roads is a complex network of old and new water pipes, Mok told RTHK, adding that the department carried out a pipe renewal project in the area just last month.

Incumbent district councilor Terence Siu Tin-hung said he would take up the issue in the next district council meeting in March.

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The cleanup of the muddy roads continued into the night. Photo: RTHK


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