FIRE and water have been surging up from beneath Sunderland.
An overflowing manhole outside Pallion Health Centre sent cascades of water rushing down Hylton Road, proving troublesome for pedestrians already battling the wet weather.
Millfield resident James Chapman said he had noticed the water coming out of the manhole a few days before, but it had got continually worse.
“It’s coming down Hylton Road like Niagara Falls,” said the 68-year-old.
“It’s going to cause problems for people walking down the road. Someone is going to get drenched when a car goes past. It’s about three feet of water.”
James rang Northumbrian Water to report the problem.
“I phoned the water company and they said they are not allowed to touch it until they got permission from the council.
“It’s three days of water wasted. I pay my water rates and I don’t think that’s on.”
The pavement on the corner of Chester Road and Hylton Street was also cordoned off by the fire service and Northern Power yesterday after a fault with an underground BT electric box.
Two crews of firefighters were called to the incident at 10.35am and made the equipment safe.
One team stayed at the scene for a period afterwards as a precautionary measure.