Date
23 March 2017
A burst overhead pipe left South Horizons station in ankle-deep water, forcing a three-hour closure. Officials said the pipe is not part of the station's facilities. Photos: Facebook/HKIncident
A burst overhead pipe left South Horizons station in ankle-deep water, forcing a three-hour closure. Officials said the pipe is not part of the station's facilities. Photos: Facebook/HKIncident

Burst pipe forces closure of South Horizons MTR station

A broken water pipe forced the closure of the South Horizons MTR station on the newly opened South Island Line after flooding in the area Tuesday night, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The two-month-old station was closed at about 9 p.m. after a burst overhead pipe left the station in ankle-deep water.

The pipe is not part of the station’s facilities, officials said.

Photos taken by passengers show the entire concourse flooded, news website hk01.com reports. The station reopened at 12:30 a.m. the next day.

An employee from a bread shop inside the station said water accumulated within five minutes of the pipe bursting.

All shops were forced to close in 15 minutes as MTR staff sandbagged the affected areas to prevent the water from reaching the tracks.

Train services between Admiralty and Lei Tung Station were cut to 4.5-minute intervals. Services between Lei Tung and South Horizons were halted.

On Dec. 29, an electrical glitch triggered power outages along the South Island Line a day after it opened, causing disruptions lasting 31 minutes.

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