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Merseyside homes evacuated after pipe bursts

A Merseyside street was submerged under a "tsunami" after a burst water pipe sent water spurting 60ft into the air yesterday. Residents in Huyton had to be rescued from their homes in boats and schools were evacuated.

Hundreds of properties were deluged with floodwater from the main supply pipe, which one householder compared to a "volcano" erupting. United Utilities apologised for the leak, the fourth in five years in the area.