DRIVERS faced chaos after water from a burst main gushed onto a section of the A38 — forcing police to close the road.
Staffordshire Police received reports of around six inches of water on the surface near Barton under Needwood at 2.45pm yesterday.
Officers attended the scene along with fire crews, and were forced to close one lane of the northbound carriageway.
As the problem became increasingly worse, the whole of the northbound carriageway was closed and the southbound carriageway was reduced to just one lane.
Police made South Staffordshire Water aware of the burst, and the company warned that some homes may have been left without water because of the problem.
Mail photographer Neil Barker stumbled upon the leak as he was travelling back to Burton from Alrewas at around 2.45pm.
He said: “I could see traffic was starting to slow ahead and I could see water on the ground, but I didn’t know how serious it was.
“Thankfully the traffic wasn’t too bad when I went through it but the water was fairly deep — I’d say around six or seven inches.
“Traffic was having to go through it at just a few miles an hour and I could see it was starting to cause tailbacks.”
South Staffordshire Water confirmed a burst main had caused the flooding near the B5016 Barton Turns junction.
Engineers from the company were called out to survey the scene and locate the leak.
A spokesman said: “The northbound carriageways were closed due to hazardous driving conditions, southbound carriageways were passable, but South Staffs Water advised caution.
“Water company engineers went on site and the water was shut off. Some customers in the immediate area may have experiencedg low pressure or loss of supply while work took place.
“We apologise for any inconvenience and ask people for patience while we deal with the situation.”
UPDATE - Northbound carrigeway expected to be closed until later this afternoon.