A BURST water main continues to cause problems as a road remains closed for a second day due to 'substantial damage'.

Marsh Road in Temple Cowley, Oxford, was closed after a 'large' water main burst early yesterday.

Thames Water say the water supply to 42 nearby households was impacted between 7am and midday but reported that it had been restored by the afternoon.

The road - which has been resurfaced - is expected to open this morning.

Fire crews said they were called to the scene yesterday at around 3.45am.  It said the water main bursting had caused 'substantial damage' to the road and 'was threatening to flood some houses'.

Fire crews worked with the city council, Thames Water, Police and Oxfordshire County Council Highways to make sure that the water was turned off, that houses were protected from flooding and that the road was closed for public safety.

There has been minimal impact on traffic.

Station Manager Frank Patterson, from Eynsham, said: "As we were called so early to this incident we were able to stop it flooding people’s homes."

In a statement, Thames Water said: “We’re sorry for the disruption a burst on one of our six inch diameter pipes is causing. We’ve been at Marsh Road since the early hours of the morning and we’ve closed the road for health and safety reasons.

“We’ve stopped the flow of water from the pipe, and are now starting to dig down to carry out the repair.”

They added that they had a team of customer representatives on site and bottled water has been sent to the scene. 

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