SCOTTISH Water has urged people in Helensburgh not to flush any old items down the loo – after a blocked sewer forced the closure of part of West Clyde Street.

The stretch of the A814 between James Street and William Street was shut on Monday morning.

Contractors from Kier Construction had finished repairing the blockage by the end of the day, but Scottish Water told the Advertiser that reinstatement of the street would take several more days.

Within hours of the closure on Monday it was reported that traffic travelling westbound on West Clyde Street from Sinclair Street was being forced to turn around due to James Street being one way, with some social media users reporting “chaos” in the area.

A Scottish Water spokesperson said: “Scottish Water contractors Keir carried out a repair to a blocked sewer in West Clyde Street, Helensburgh, on Monday.

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“While the repair has now been completed, road traffic management remains in place until the roadway has been reinstated.

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank road users for their patience and understanding.

“We’d also like to take this opportunity to remind customers that they can help prevent sewer blockages by only flushing the three Ps – pee, poo and (toilet) paper. Everything else should go in the bin. More information can be found at”

The closure is in addition to the shutting of part of nearby East Clyde Street, which remains closed between Sinclair Street and Maitland Street after debris from a dangerous building fell on to the carriageway in high winds on October 31.

Work on making that property safe began on Monday.

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