Water cascaded through an Aberdeen high-rise “like a tsunami” – leaving residents to walk up 18 flights of stairs.
Beachview Court, in Seaton, was hit by a burst water pipe in a tank on the roof, which resulted in rivulets of water travelling down the stairs and the lifts becoming unusable.
The high-rise is 18 floors tall with six properties on every landing.
Videos taken of the incident show water running down stairs and inside walls, with large puddles forming on landings.
Teams from Aberdeen City Council were sent to the scene on Friday, with the water cleared up using a machine by late afternoon.
Engineers were also on hand to look at the source of the leak while housing officers checked on residents.
Resident Aimee Potts, who lives on the top floor with her two-year-old daughter and eight-month-old twin sons, was left to trek up 18 flights of stairs after the water damaged the lifts and put them out of use.
The leak began in the morning.However, when she left for her work at McDonald’s, she said it “wasn’t too bad”.
The 26-year-old added: “It was leaking outside the building to start with.
“My mum was looking after my children while I left for work.
“She had to phone me and said ‘you’re going to have to come back’ because the water was leaking everywhere.
“I phoned the council and they came round and said it was a burst water tank and it was coming from the roof.
“It was practically like a tsunami. They told me to sit tight. It shouldn’t get this bad.”
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Aimee was advised to leave the building but with three young children and her disabled mum it wasn’t possible.
She added: “The lights were starting to go a bit funny.
“It’s as bad as it’s been, it shouldn’t have got this far.
“I can’t go up and down the stairs. I have young children, it’s too difficult.”
An Aberdeen City Council spokesman said: “We had teams on site at Beachview Court dealing with the leak which had affected the lifts and stairwells.
“We also had housing officers checking on residents to ensure their flats have not been affected and to assist in any way they can.
“The leak was as a result of a fractured pipe in the roof water tank.
“Engineers tackled that problem and the work was completed by evening.
“Efforts were also made to dry the lifts and lift shafts overnight to have them operable as soon as possible, although we cannot put a timescale on this as yet.
“We would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused to residents and assure them we are doing everything possible to resolve the situation.”