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A POWER outage has forced several stores along Deansgate to close.

A main utility water pipe has burst in the basement of Help Your Claim Ltd, causing power cuts across Deansgate.

450 workers have been sent home from HYC Deansgate as a result.

The burst pipe has reportedly affected the companies servers, meaning workers have also been sent home from its Albert Square site.

Tesco Express, Shoe Repairs, and Trailfinders are among the other victims of the outage, with the cut forcing them to close.

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Electricity North West are working to resolve the problem but have told the manager of Shoe Repairs that the power will not be fixed until tomorrow morning.