Farmer describes moment 100ft wall of water shot from ground as he

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A farmer has described how his nephew was nearly killed when a wall of water “100ft high” shot up from the ground as he knocked a fence post into the ground, damaging a pipe.Philip Langton, 57, said the pair had been using a post knocker mounted to a tractor to strengthen gateposts on his land in Holbrook, Derbyshire.He said the posts only went around 18 inches below the ground and that all they were doing was “knocking them a little bit further”.But the post hit a water pipe, triggering floods that cascaded down to neighbouring villages and caused severe damage to homes and businessesIan Busting in neighbouring Milford said his wife was devastated as her florist business was “ruined” and their home completely flooded. Many roads were closed.It took Severn Trent 50 minutes to turn the water off after Mr Langton alerted them to the accident at 11am on Tuesday, he said.“I have never experienced anything like it and never want to again,” he told the Telegraph. Ian Busting surveys the damage to his home in Milford Credit:Rod Kirkpatrick/F Stop Press Mr Langton said the fence posts had been in place for nearly 30 years but that the water pipes were very shallow in some places, having been laid some 120 years ago.He expressed surprise at the time it had taken Severn to turn the water off and said had had to call them twice.He said the flooding had washed all the topsoil from his fields but added: “I’m more worried about the damage elsewhere.”Severn Trent said the water had been turned off and that it was concentrating on fixing the pipe. Ian Busting surveys the damage to his home in Milford Credit:Rod Kirkpatrick/F Stop Press Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Ian Busting surveys the damage to his home in Milford  “The water was 100ft in the air, it was unbelievable.. The power of it. There must have been a million gallons of water. It went on for 50 minutes. We just moved away from it as quickly as we could and I called Severn Trent.” Ian Busting surveys the damage to his home in Milford  He added: “We haven’t done anything wrong but everybody wants someone to blame and to point the finger,” he added.“We were just trying to strengthen the fence then this water came up and almost killed my nephew, it nearly knocked the tractor over.“My nephew is only 24. He works for me and we were knocking a replacement stake in to the ground and all of a sudden, the water gushed up.”

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