Hundreds of houses are without running water in Altrincham this morning after a burst water main led to severe localised flooding.
A number of roads in Timperley, including Woodlands Parkway and Wellington Road, were severely affected by knee-high water in places.
The flooding has caused chaos for Monday morning commuters and schoolchildren walking to school.
Local schools including Wellington School and Altrincham College have also been forced to shut their doors for the day.
The incident appears to have originated from a burst water pipe on Stockport Road, close to Altrincham Golf Course.
United Utilities said the incident is likely to “take us some time” to fix.
A statement said: “Our team are on site on the junction of Wellington Road and Stockport Road to begin repairs to the large water pipe which has burst. This is likely to take us some time, due to the location and the need to clear the water away, to get to the pipe itself.
“The burst did cause flooding of nearby roads but the pipe has now been shut off, so this water will start to drain away. Local diversions are in place to manage traffic in the area.
“We’re using our fleet of water tankers to keep water flowing to homes and businesses affected by this but during periods of high demand, some people may be experiencing reduced pressure.
“We are doing our very best to get this pipe fixed as soon as we can and to keep pumping water into the network. We’re so sorry if you are experiencing any inconvenience as a result of this issue and thank you for your patience.”