Determined punters keep Derby pub busy despite water leak road closure

A Derby pub has said it will remain open despite a major water leak closing the road. The Golden Eagle, in Agard Street, will operate as business as usual, despite the much-loved venue being just meters away from the incident.

Anna Silander, the pub landlady recalled the “scary” moment on the morning of Wednesday, August 17, when she received the news that the street was flooded due to a burst pipe. Fortunately, the property was not affected, and Anna and her partner feel “very lucky” that their cellar with their stock didn’t flood.

The 39-year-old said: “The main thing has just been making sure the bands can access here. We opened straight away when we could after lockdown too. Everything is fine, it’s business as normal for us.

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“We don’t have a massive car park here, and people don’t drive to us to come and have a pint. All we’ve really had to do was push a few deliveries back.”

This comes after a water main burst on the street in the early hours of the morning of Wednesday, August 17. Severn Trent is now in the process of replacing the burst pipe, but is yet to confirm a re-opening date for the road.



The burst pipe has been removed from the road
The burst pipe has been removed from the road

A spokesperson for the company said: “We’d like to apologise to those affected by the closure of Agard Street in Derby because of a burst pipe on Wednesday morning. Our engineers mobilised immediately, replacing the damaged pipe last night and are back on site this morning, finalising the repair.

“Unfortunately, the burst damaged part of the road, which we’re currently working hard to return to normal as quickly as possible. We appreciate this is an inconvenience for our customers living and working in the area and we’re grateful for their patience as we complete this repair.”

The closure of Agard Street caused major tailbacks along Bridge Street as traffic was rerouted to avoid the emergency work.

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