A NUMBER of businesses have been flooded after a water main burst in Ramsbottom town centre.

Fire crews were called to reports of the burst in Market Place at about 2.25pm this afternoon.

A video posted on the What's on in Ramsbottom Facebook group showed water building up at the junction of Bridge Street and Ramsbottom Lane.

An eyewitness said the water had been "running like a river" down Bridge Street and had flooded Bartisserie 2 up to "waste height".

Ethan Ballan, who owns the restaurant, said: "It is completely flooded.

"All of my kitchen, fridges and cellar are under water. It was about six feet deep in the cellar.

"We are going to have to shut and I do not know when we will reopen."

Bartisserie 2 also posted a message on its Facebook, which read: 

"Unfortunately we are forced to close for the foreseeable future due to a burst water pipe outside our restaurant.

"If you have made any bookings over the weekend we have hopefully spoken to you directly or left a message.

"We will keep you updated via Facebook, sorry for any inconvenience caused!"

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service said: "We were called at 2.25pm to Market Place, Ramsbottom to a burst water main.

"It looks like a number of properties are flooded.

"Police attendance has been requested.

"Two pumps, from Bury and Ramsbottom, attended."

Meanwhile, residents in Ramsbottom are currently without water, although it is not yet clear whether it is linked to the main burst.

United Utilities reported the water pressure issue online, with a statement: "We’re currently investigating an issue in your area which may mean you have no water or it’s coming out your tap as a trickle.

"We’re sorry for the inconvenience and hope to have your taps flowing again very soon. We’ll provide further updates when we know more about what is causing the problem."