The water main in Broadwater burst around 4.30am last Wednesday.
Tony Coppin and his wife Denise were woken by neighbours concerned for the welfare of chickens in the couple’s back garden, at 5.30am.
Mr Coppin, 57, of Northbrook Close, Broadwater, said: “It was a pretty bad situation. We have been through it before so the first thing in my mind was to get the drain covers up. This was much deeper than last time but now you wouldn’t know it had happened.
“Southern Water were great in supporting us. They have been absolutely brilliant. ”
Mr Coppin pumped out 40 gallons of water from his garage using a vacuum.
A Southern Water spokesman said: “We dispatched a team of engineers to fix the pipe and a customer services team to oversee the clean-up of people’s properties.
“We apologise for the disruption this incident caused to people who were affected.”
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