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Burst water pipe causes flooding, disruptions to heating network in Turku

Some households in Turku have been left without access to hot water or district heating, following a pipe leak.

Water gushed into the streets for roughly an hour before emergency services sealed the leak. Image: Kalle Mäkelä / Yle

Turku's district heating network suffered significant disruptions on Thursday morning following damage to a pipe located in the city centre.

Southwest Finland's Emergency Services received reports of a major leak on the intersection between the central streets of Läntinen Pitkäkatu and Brahenkatu at 6am. Emergency service dispatchers were called to the scene and sealed the leak by 7 am.

Fire Officer Marko Ahtikivi told Yle that traffic was not interrupted, but the roughly one-hour-long leak led to large quantities of heated water flooding the city's streets.

The burst pipe has caused disruption to the area's entire district heating network, according to a press release by Turku Energia, Southwest Finland's biggest energy provider. The affected areas includes the city of Turku as well as neighbouring municipalities.

In addition, the leak has also affected the distribution of hot water. As a result, some houses in the area near the source of the leak were left without hot water.

Although the provision of district heating and hot water had been restored for the majority of Turku Energia's customers by Thursday afternoon, some households could still be experiencing disruptions, the energy firm tweeted (siirryt toiseen palveluun). Turku Energia added that affected customers can follow this link (siirryt toiseen palveluun) for the latest updates.

15.34: Corrected address (Läntinen Pitkäkatu) and Marko Ahtikivi's name

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