Thousands of homes were without water for several hours overnight after a mains burst in Birmingham.

As many as 12,000 properties were affected when a pipe burst in a field off Borrowdale Road in Frankley, at about 9pm on Sunday.

Homes in Frankley, Northfield, Rubery and Rednal ran dry, and the leak also forced Reaside Junior School in Tresco Close, Frankley, and Frankley Community High School to close after both were left without a water supply.

Engineers worked through the night to reconnect around 3,000 customers, and the majority of households were back on by 3pm Monday.

A Severn Trent Water spokesman said: “Customers in the B45, B31 and B32 areas of Birmingham have experienced no water supply or low pressure due to a 12-inch trunk main burst in a field off Barrowdale Road, in Frankley.

“A small number of customers in some areas of Northfield are still affected but engineers have been working through since last night to restore supplies.

“We apologise for the inconvenience caused.”

A statement on the Frankley Community High website from head teacher Jane Harris said she expected the 44-pupil school to re-open to pupils on Tuesday.