A child 'could have drowned' after a burst water main flooded the road next to a Chalfont St Peter school.

It burst on Denham Lane, leaving parents, children and toddlers struggling to get to Robertswood School this morning (Friday November 11).

Neighbour Mark Allan said he saw a nursery school child that 'could have drowned' on their way' as they walked to school.

He said a toddler fell over in the water as their guardian struggled to negotiate a pram around the water.

He added: "Because it's around next to the school I just worry for the safety."

Mr Allan said he woke up this morning to find the roads in 'chaos' as cars struggled to get through, and the water main must have burst overnight.

He added: "It's a big problem. Everybody getting to the school this morning has had to go through the traffic.

"There's a river running down the road."

Neighbour Nicola Obertelli said: "We do have an ongoing problem here.

"We're at the lowest point in the road so the water collects here.

"They have tried to solve the problem but it's not been successful.

"They don't seem to be able to get to the bottom off it.

"It's a problem because of the school."

She added: "It does worry me when they talk about all these new house up here - this is just going to add to the problem.

"It's not very nice to have all the muddy water wash back over your verges.

"I think it's dangerous. It worries me because at night when people drive along here without see it somebody will come along here and hit a large bit of water and have an accident.

"I just cant understand why they cant work out what causes it."

An Affinity Water spokesperson said: “We are sorry for any inconvenience caused by a burst water main on Joiners Lane, Chalfont St Peter.

“Our technicians are working on site to repair the main as quickly as possible.

“Traffic management has been put in place to ensure the safety of commuters and our technicians.

“We would like to thank our customers for their patience whilst we carry out this work.”

"Water main bursts are a regular occurrence wherever water is supplied, throughout the world.

"There are many different factors which can cause these to happen, such as ground movement caused by seasonal temperature changes, extreme cold weather, high pressures through pipes, traffic vibrations, unavoidable weak points and where pipe work is connected to joints and valves."

Getbucks has contacted Bucks County Council (BCC) for comment.

BCC have confirmed that Joiners Lane will be closed due to the ongoing water leak.

The situation is ongoing. More as we get it.