How often do you get to witness a water pipe burst in the streets? Well, just pray that you never have to go through that trauma.
Here, we have compiled a list of 10 of the most deadly water pipe bursts around the world.
1. When The Streets of A Russian City Decided To Go For A Chill
“Even the hot water pipes were freezing, and the water that flooded out quickly formed into a solid block.“, said one of the residents of Dudinka (a Siberian town) on Wednesday 14th Jan 2015.
This pernicious event took place after a water main pipe burst took place after a chilly storm in Dudinka. The streets were filled with water coming out of the pipe burst.
The temperature of -52 degree Celsius didn’t help either. The entire street of the town was invisible under giant solid blocks of ice.
This incident didn’t only cancelled all the travel plans they town residents might have, they were also refused water and electricity for several hours.
2. Huge Water Pipe Burst Nearly Caused Water Crisis in Saudi Capital Riyadh
According to this report, a pipeline which supplies water to Saudi’s capital Riyadh exploded near a highway. This explosion was due to a water main burst in the pipeline.
This incident took place between Janadriah and Khuraish Road. being a busy intersection, it caused a lot of traffic issues too.
This incident nearly caused a water shortage for the residents of the capital. Things were taken good control of by the members of Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC).
3. Liverpool Witnessed A 70 Ft Water Fountain Due To A Water Pipe Burst
An apartment site saw an enormous water fountain in Liverpool according to the report.
A water main exploded near a residence construction site of Liverpool. The strong water pressure resulted a 70 ft massive water fountain coming out of the ground.
According to the spectators, it looked like a cloud from distance. This fountain was temporary though.
There were no losses of any kind (except a bit of traffic issues) in this case.
4. Westwood, LA Streets and Homes Get Flooded Due To Water Main Pipe Burst
29th of July, 2014 was truly a wet afternoon for the locals of Westwood, Los Angeles.
According to the reports, an old pipe (93 years to be precise) got ruptured and started throwing around 75,000 gallons of water per minute.
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s Jim McDaniel said that the total loss was about 8-10 million gallons of water.
150 firefighters of Los Angeles Fire Department came in the action and around 200 vehicles were searched for casualties.
5. Water Main Burst – Streatham street, London
A Water main exploded on 1st July 2015 Streatham street, London caused traffic jam and water shortage.
It seems like Streatham street attracts such attentions. According to this report, another water line burst took place there one year later.
The later even resulted in a water shortage for majority of the areas of South London:
6. When London’s Clapham Road Flooded With Nasty Water and #Londonpoo was Trending
That was literally a shithole in Clapham Road of London on 27th Feb 2014 when a water main burst caused flood like conditions for quite some time.
According to initial reports, a burst had taken place in a sewage pipe. This was not hard to believe given the smell and color that water had.
However, the authorities later said that there was a water main line burst and water got mixed up with silt and mud. So, no poopies.
Video from Dailymail shows the horrible conditions that night.
7. Hot Water Pipe Burst Injured 11 Bus Passengers in Russia
This might be the most fatal water pipe burst in the list as it resulted in 11 human injuries in Krasnoyarsk, eastern Siberia.
An old hot water pipe started leaking beneath the ground and made a semi visible hole in the ground. A passenger bus tried to go around the hole but the weight of the bus was just too much to damage the pipe even further.
The hot water steam filled the entire bus and the ground went super hot. Injured people were taken to the hospital.
8. A 3 year Old Died When A Water Pipe Burst Out in Rio de Janeiro
An entire neighborhood in Rio got flooded, cars got wasted and a life was lost in the March of 2013.
It looked like a fatal shower in Rio de Janeiro’s western Campo Grande district which took away everything which came across its way.
A water main exploded and threw away the water upto 65ft high in a projectile motion.
Report says 1 girl died whereas 17 were injured. There was enormous loss of properties too. Cars and homes took most of the hit.
9. When 350 Residents of Stoke Newington, North London Had To Flee Due To A Water Pipe Burst
All of this started with Blackheath getting flooded due to water pipe burst after which Islington too suffered similar pipe burst. Newington’s incident was bigger than the previous two and that’s how it made to this list.
Clearly due to aging and almost ancient water lines network in London, a 30-inch water main pipe got burst and the entire area was partially submerged under water.
This incident forced around 350 residents to abandon their homes and flee from the area.
The guardian reported London fire brigade station manager Nicol McCallum saying, “Crews used specialist inflatable boats to evacuate the most vulnerable residents and help others recover valuables. Firefighters laid down sandbags to try and minimise the water damage.”
10. When A Huge Sinkhole Was Opened in Selly Oak, England Due To A Major Water Pipe Burst
It was a total disaster in making. Around late November, 2016, a water main burst took place and resulted in a huge sinkhole in Harborne Lane.
A 42- inch water main pipe got burst 10 meter underneath the ground. This resulted in a flood like situation in Selly Oak.
Just because it was a double pipe system and one of the pipes survived other’s destruction, there was no shortage of water for the local residents. Around 200,000 homes were being supplied a big of discolored water for a while though.
These were the 10 worst water pipe bursts reported around the world. If you think that any incident is missing in the list, please feel free to suggest in the comment section down below. Don’t forget to share this article. Till next time!