PROPERTIES in Newport have been affected by a burst main this morning (Wednesday).
A Southern Water spokesman said: "A 10 inch water main has burst in High Street, Newport, this morning.
"It was reported to us by the police at 3.30am.
"We shut supplies off to fix the burst at just after 5am but it then became clear that the repair could not be made immediately.
"Water was turned back on at just after 6am to make sure that people in the area are still able to have their morning showers and cups of tea.
"While this means the leak is still ongoing, the water is flowing into a drain.
"Supplies will have to be shut off mid-morning in order for us to fix the burst pipe and we are looking at the optimum way of doing this while maintaining water to as many homes as possible.
"Temporary traffic lights are in place outside 114 High Street and will remain until the burst is fixed.
"We are sorry for any inconvenience this emergency repair may cause but we can reassure customers that we will get things back to normal as soon as we can."
At around 9.30am a spokesman said around 1,200 properties would be affected when the water was shut off.
The spokesman said: "Having done our best to maintain supplies during the morning rush, we are now shutting off the water in the area.
"This will allow us to get started on the repair, with the aim of ensuring that supplies are returned this afternoon.
"We estimate that about 1,200 properties will be affected by this temporary interruption to supply but we are doing everything we can to make sure this emergency repair affects as few people as possible for the shortest time possible."
Island Roads said on Twitter St James' Street, Newport will remain closed in a southbound direction between Lugley Street and the High Street until at least 5pm. St James' Street will be open in a northbound direction but it may be necessary to close this later today (Wednesday).
Southern Water said: "Repair crews have now isolated the damaged pipe to allow the repairs to start. Traffic management is currently in place while repair work is underway.
"We can assure customers we’re working as fast as we can to complete our work and we hope to complete repairs as soon as possible.
"Once again, we would like to thank the area residents for their patience and understanding."
*Water was restored to properties at approximately 1.15pm. Island Roads has said St James's Street will be re-opened to traffic at 4.30pm.