WATER engineers are investigating a leaking drain that left a road flooded over Christmas and New Year.
United Utilities has now filled in the faulty drain on Church Street, Kelsall, but plans to return for repairs following results of camera tests.
Residents John and Diana Grimsey, who live near the street’s junction with Willington Lane, say the manhole near his home always spurts water during heavy rainfall.
Rain on Thursday, December 20 led the drain to fill and flood the road. Since then, the drain leaked water across the road.
Mr Grimsey said: “I called Cheshire Highways on the Thursday night because I was worried the road would turn into an ice rink if it froze.
“They said they would do a double grit round on our road.
“That morning there was a layer of slush running down the road so without the grit there could have been major problems.”
United Utilities workers initially excavated the drain but then left the hole open for 10 days, causing inconvenience for Mr Grimsey over Christmas, as the hole partly blocked his drive.
He said: “They could have sorted the problem out in one fell swoop, not left me with a great big hole outside my house.”
Helen Wilson of United Utilities said: “This was originally reported to us as a leak on the pavement, so the area was excavated while we investigated the water main.
“No leak was found so we arranged for a closed circuit camera survey of the drains. The results of this survey will be back soon and we will then decide the next course of action.
“We have filled in the hole in the meantime to minimise inconvenience to local residents.
“I’d like to assure the residents that we are carrying out a thorough investigation so that this problem can be properly resolved as soon as possible.”