Water main break destroys street near Los Angeles, California - July 29, 2014    

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Since 2013, a conspicuous number of water main breaks and sinkholes have been reported across the U.S.  While water lines commonly rupture during winter months, especially in regions experiencing subfreezing temperatures, large water mains are fracturing in southern states where ground temperatures remain above freezing.

Notable water main breaks and sinkholes during the first 6 days of 2013:


January 1

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - "Super Sinkhole Walter" and 40 Others

Harrisburg officials expect it will take several weeks to repair damage from a massive sinkhole that forced dozens of residents to evacuate.

The city’s Department of Public Works said it could be another 30 days before water, sewer and gas lines are replaced in the neighborhood where the sinkhole is causing problems.  "Super Sinkhole Walter," as the North Fourth Street collapse has been called, is big enough to have its own Foursquare check-in location.

On Thursday, the massive hole partially swallowed a construction backhoe.

The hole opened Monday morning, and later opened a bigger hole.

A spokesman for Mayor Linda Thompson said the city must replace the entire water and sewer system lines on the block.
The spokesman, Robert Philbin, said new water and sewer lines will not be working for five to six weeks.

These two large sinkholes in the 2100 block of North Fourth Street are among at least 40 sinkholes covered by steel plates citywide, according to Kevin Hagerich, director of the city’s Department of Public Works.

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January 3

Malibu, California - Recurring Water Main Breaks

Another water main break in Malibu collapsed part of John Tyler Drive as crews worked to repair the leak.

A broken water main and partially collapsed road have narrowed traffic to one lane on Malibu Country Drive near John Tyler Drive.

Between 30 and 35 customers in Malibu Country Estates are without water. Los Angeles County Public Works received a call about a partially collapsed roadway on Malibu Country Drive at 9:30 a.m, according to spokesman Mike Kaspar.

Kaspar said the road is cut down to one lane for approximately 100 yards.

This is the second water main break reported in Malibu in as many days. On Wednesday, the main that supplies water to the Adamson House broke and employees from Public Works worked overnight on a temporary fix and permanent reroute of the underground pipeline. Westbound traffic on Pacific Coast Highway was cut down to one lane between Malibu Inn and Serra Road while crews made the repair.




Grand Rapids, Michigan - Big Hole / Deep Water

A water main break has closed the westbound lanes of 44th Street between Division Avenue and U.S. 131 in Wyoming, Michigan

A broken valve is causing complications in repairing the break in a 16-inch water main and the road may be closed until Saturday, authorities now say.

The valve, which broke in a partially-closed position, must be replaced before the water main can be fixed, Wyoming Director of Public Works William Dooley said in a statement on Friday, Jan. 4.

The water main broke area of 44th Street SW and Clay Avenue on Thursday.

The westbound lanes of 44th Street are closed near Clay Avenue, and Clay is closed from 44th Street north to Louisiana Avenue.

Dooley said the repair is taking much longer than anticipated because of the valve problem. Water is still flowing from the main because the valve cannot be closed.

A private contractor has been called to help city crews and they expect to fix the valve this afternoon.

Dooley said the water main break has not affected drinking water to area residents.

“Once the valve has been replaced, we will start work to repair the water main and hope to have that wrapped up yet today. We recognize and apologize for the inconvenience that this has caused to businesses, area residents and motorists and are working as quickly as we can to return things to normal," Dooley said in the statement.




January 4

New Orleans, Louisiana - Cajun Geyser

A water main break in the middle of Adams Street near Maple poured water into the streets Friday afternoon.

Sewerage and Water Board crews arrived on the scene around 1:30 pm to address the incident.

An hour or so later, the break erupted into a full-blown geyser, showering Adams Street with water.

Water was rising on the sides of the street near several Uptown businesses, creeping up on the tires of some cars.





January 5

Atlanta, Georgia

A massive water main break caused headaches for both residents and drivers on Clairmont Road in Chamblee, more than 24 hours after it first happened.

A huge hole opened up in the road between Airport Road and Wingate Road Saturday morning. Residents in the area were without water for much of the weekend after the 30-inch water main break.

DeKalb County spokesman Burke Brennan told Channel 2 Action News that they first had to clear out the water from the hole to determine the cause before they could begin repairing it. Major damage to the road and the sidewalk could still be seen well into Sunday morning.

Brennan says the pipe's age could have been a factor in the break.

Police were on the scene to re-direct traffic away from the area near DeKalb-Peachtree Airport.



Sacramento, California

Water main break floods East Sacramento neighborhood

A 16-inch water main broke Saturday morning, turning two streets into ponds and damaging several homes along 39th and D Streets.



Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority says that a 30-inch line broke in the Oakland/Bloomfield area near the South Millvale Bridge at Morewood Street.

Two Port Authority stations and a portion of bus routes were closed after the water main break.

The break happened in North Oakland around 6 a.m. and the Neville Ramp, Herron and Negley Port Authority stations were closed as a result, our news partners at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report.

The East Liberty station is as far as inbound buses can go and outbound buses will make it to the 26th Street Ramp, the Post-Gazette says.

Officials said the water main break exposed a 24-inch Equitable gas line.

“Public Safety is our No. 1 concern,” Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority Director of Operations Tom Palmosina said in a press release. “PWSA crew responded immediately and began isolating the leak.”

PWSA officials said that all efforts are being focused on the gas line.



January 6

Seattle, Washington

A large water main break on Sunday caused the closure of State Route 20 in Port Townsend near the ferry terminal.

Around 3 a.m., Police and Public Works responded to the 1800 block of Water Street where the break was reported near the Tides Inn and Suites.

Portions of State Route 20 pavement were raised several inches above the original road bed as pressure from the water pushed up to the surface. When crews first arrived on scene they found water running west down the road. At least one business, The Food Co-op, 414 Kearney Street, had flood damage as water rushed into the building.

The closure affects commuters traveling to the Port Townsend-Coupeville ferry route.  Detour routes for ferry traffic have been set up through city streets.

Water to at least a dozen businesses and residents was shut off but was restored by 3:30 p.m.

The Department of Transportation will not have materials available to begin repairing the highway until sometime Monday, according to Claudia Bingham Baker, WSDOT communications manager.

Detours will remain in place until crews determine the road is safe to reopen, which would occur Monday at the earliest.

The cause of the break is under investigation.


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Comment by Derrick Johnson on June 8, 2014 at 6:58am

Water main break douses home, car in Huber Heights


A house in Huber Heights was drenched Saturday morning after a water main break shot water dozens of feet into the air.

The water department was able to shut off the water supply, which stopped the geyser from falling onto the house and car in the driveway in the 5200 block of Longford Road.

The owner of the house and car told the News Center 7 crew on scene that a chunk of pavement dislodged by the water struck and shattered her car's back windshield.

Neighbors were without water service after the supply was shut off. A boil advisory was distributed to nearby homes.

Source: http://www.whio.com/news/news/local/water-main-break-douses-home-ca...

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Comment by Derrick Johnson on June 8, 2014 at 6:43am

Water main break closes Cedar Point for the weekend

Amusement park closed on busy summer weekend

SANDUSKY -- After a major water main break, officials were forced to shut down Cedar Point and Soak City Saturday morning.

A water main break on the main line that supplies Cedar Point, Soak City, and its hotels means that visitors will have to make a change of plans for the weekend.

Cedar Point released the following statement Saturday evening:

"We continue to work with the City of Sandusky to restore water service to Cedar Point. The latest assessment is that the necessary repairs will require several more hours to complete. Once the water main is repaired, there are additional procedures that must be taken to restore water pressure to all areas on the property, and testing that must follow to ensure the systems are working properly and the appropriate water quality is established.

At this time we have made the decision to keep the park and resort properties closed until Monday, June 9th when – subject to any unforeseen complications – we would anticipate resuming normal operations. As the repairs advance throughout the evening and into Sunday we will provide additional updates.

We recognize that this situation has caused many of our guests to be disappointed. We are sorry that this has happened.

All Cedar Point tickets will be honored on any operating day in 2014 where the park is open to the public.

Please visit cedarpoint.com for additional updates and information."

Guests hoping to continue their fun on Saturday are also allowed to redeem their tickets for Cedar Point and Soak City at Wildwater Kingdom in Aurora or at Kings Island in Cincinnati.

Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, who owns both parks, reached out to hotels guests in the area to let them know about the closing.

The city of Sandusky is currently working to repair the system located under the Cedar Point parking lot.

Source: http://www.wkyc.com/story/news/local/2014/06/07/cedar-point-closes-...

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Comment by Derrick Johnson on June 7, 2014 at 6:52am

Water Main Breaks Affect 2 Dozen Businesses Near 41st And Memorial

TULSA, Oklahoma -

"A water line that's at least 50 year old cracked Thursday night in east Tulsa, and by daylight, it had three breaks, interrupting water service at 41st Street and Memorial.

Three separate water line breaks along 41st Street near Memorial Drive have left 24 businesses without water.

The City of Tulsa said the first break, at 7940 E. 41st Street, happened about 5:45 p.m. on Thursday.

The second break took place just before 9 p.m. a few blocks west and another near the 7400 block happened about 6 a.m. on Friday.

The repairs are done on one of them, continuing on the other two, but the city hopes to finish sometime Friday night.

Store manager Tim Griffin marks the waterline from a flood that almost came in the door late Thursday. The water receded, and now there's no danger that anything is coming in the door, including customers.

"Our business is at a standstill until we get it repaired. We have a loyal clientele thankfully, but they're not going to wade through water and cones to get to us," said Griffin.

City crews have been working since late Thursday on a series of breaks on the same line. Three of them hit over a 12 hour span within a quarter mile of each other."

Source : http://www.newson6.com/story/25712604/water-main-breaks-affect-2-do...

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Comment by Derrick Johnson on June 6, 2014 at 6:56am

Water main break causes problems for drivers, businesses

TULSA, Okla. – A water main break caused a slow down on a busy Tulsa street during rush hour.

Crews were out Thursday night to repair the break near 41st and Memorial. It took them a little over two hours just to get the water turned off so that they could start fixing the line.

“A guy came in and was like, ‘Oh my gosh, it was a tidal wave,’” said business owner Renee Stark.

FOX23 found out it was a 12-inch line burst that sent water into the air during rush hour.

“It’s just like a double whammy, especially with the water just like bursting up. There was some agitation going on with other vehicles,” Sean Sanders said.

While the water was rising, business owners said they hoped it didn’t spill over the curb and into their shops.

While it is unclear how the main burst, Tim Griffin said he is angry that it’s happened again.

“This is about the third or fourth time that the water lines have broken,” Griffin said.

“Whenever everything was breaking like at every corner every day when I came into work a new water line was broken. And now here it is summer and we have another water line broke again. So, obviously I think there’s a problem,” said Stark.

Workers told FOX23 it’ll be about 8 to 10 hours before the line will be repaired and the water turned back on.

Source: http://www.fox23.com/news/local/story/Water-main-break-causes-probl...

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Comment by Howard on June 1, 2014 at 7:06pm

Water Main Erupts in Pennsylvania (Jun 1)

A water line break sent a geyser into the air Sunday morning near the corner of Willowbank Street and Valentine Hill Road, canceling services at a nearby church.

Borough officials shut off water at the scene at about 9:30 a.m., stopping the spray after more than 90 minutes.

Bellefonte police officer Todd Walter, who was at the scene, said the break appears to have been on the water main that feeds the industrial line to the former Corning plant on College Avenue in College Township.

The Church of the Good Shepherd called off services Sunday, the Rev. Frank E. Skies said, because crews were set up near the church and were closing streets, keeping parishioners from reaching the church.

Police said the break was about 50 yards from the church, along Logan Branch stream.



Comment by Derrick Johnson on May 31, 2014 at 7:04am

Major water main break, road collapse in Salem, NH

A major water main break, which led to a road collapse was reported Friday morning in Salem, New Hampshire.
Police are detouring traffic in the area of town commonly referred to as "The Depot."
Commuters are being warned to avoid the area, unless it is absolutely necessary to travel there.


Photo credit: Salem Police


Photo credit: Salem DPW

The entire intersection of Routes 28 and 97 is being shut down and no traffic will be allowed through.

The following detours are in place and are subject to change:

Route 28 NB will be directed to Main St. eastbound
Route 28 SB will be directed to Main St. westbound
Main St. EB will be detoured at Granite Ave. with a hard closure at Millville St.
Main St. WB will be detoured at Pleasant St.

There is no estimated time when the intersection will be opened for vehicular traffic.

A water main break also caused trouble in Salem last week.



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Comment by Howard on May 24, 2014 at 5:57am

Ruptured Water Main Dissolves Road, Traps Bus in Maryland (May 23)

A street in Prince George’s County resembles a movie scene after a water main break caused parts of the road to collapse, stranding a commuter bus early Friday morning.

The 10-inch water main break was reported just after 6 a.m. in the 1800 block of Metzerott Road in Adelphi. The roadway remains closed between New Hampshire Avenue and Riggs Road.

The large overflow of water has caused the road surface to shift and separate in spots. A MetroBus became stuck in the middle of the road when the driver attempted to make a U-turn to avoid the flooded roadway, a Metro spokesperson said.



Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 23, 2014 at 1:53am

‘Something had to give’: Creaking Soviet hot water pipe explodes showering town in concrete and boiling water

  • An underground high-pressure hot water pipe exploded shooting water 30 metres into the sky
  • Terrified passengers on board a bus caught by the bus were forced to flee
  • Large lumps of concrete and asphalt were strewn across the area

These are the shocking scenes as a Soviet-era subterranean hot water pipe exploding, forcing boiling water from under the ground and shooting into the sky.

The pipe exploded without warning, throwing large chunks of concrete and asphalt into the air while riding on a column of boiling water.

Motorist Oleg Sorokov, 38 was driving through the Russian city of Barnaul, in Southern Russia when he felt the earth start to move.


After the pipe failed, hot water was blasted at least 30 metres into the sky forcing traffic to swerve out of the way

After the pipe failed, hot water was blasted at least 30 metres into the sky forcing traffic to swerve out of the way.

Passengers on board a bus were forced to jump to safety as the vehicle was blasted by the high-pressure stream

Passengers on board a bus were forced to jump to safety as the vehicle was blasted by the high-pressure stream.

The font bumper on the vehicle was ripped off by the water's power

The font bumper on the vehicle was ripped off by the water's power.

Mr Sorokov's car was equipped with a dashboard mounted video camera which perfectly captured the dramatic scenes. 

His car was only a short distance away from the faulty pipe when it exploded.

He said: 'At first I thought it was an earthquake. But then I saw the water gushing upwards and knew that we have this hot water heating system in town and realised it was probably just an accident.

'The noise was terrific, the blast itself and then the continuous whoosh of the water cascading upwards. The whole of the road was a total mess.'

Mr Sorokov spent almost a minute filming the scene before edging past the water jet to relative safety.


The incident happened in the southern Russian city of Barnaul, near the Kazakhstan border

One bus which was caught by the spray had to be abandoned as high-pressure hot water blasted through the floor of the vehicle. One of its windows was shattered by the jet.

A spokesperson for the local fire brigade said: 'We believe there was a blockage further down the pipe which meant the high pressure water could not travel around the pipe system.  Something had to give and it gave right here.' 

According to local sources, the underground water pipe is several decades old and has been neglected for several years as maintenance budgets have been slashed.

Now, local officials are planning on contacting Moscow to release funds to guarantee the security of their water system.

It is understood the underground hot water pipe was part of some form of Geothermal heating system.

Seconds before the explosion, Mr Sorokov was driving along the road unaware of the impending disaster

Seconds before the explosion, Mr Sorokov was driving along the road unaware of the impending disaster.

Motorist Oleg Sorokov captured the very moment when the blast occurred on his dashboard mounted video camera

Motorist Oleg Sorokov captured the very moment when the blast occurred on his dashboard mounted video camera.



Horrific Freak Accident Turns Bus Into A Boiling Death Trap

A Siberian bus turns into a dangerous geyser as boiling water shoots directly into the car full of passengers

The last thing you expect when riding the bus, minding your own business, is to suddenly become victim to torrents of boiling water filling up the inside.

A busload of passengers in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, fell victim to the odd accident after their bus fell through a hole in the road, disturbing a pipe underneath. Ultra hot water wasn't just hitting the bus -- it spouted up directly inside near the driver's seat.

The above video shows rescuers braving the boiling water to pull out passengers. The water is so hot and the steam so intense that rescuers are jumping around from foot to foot trying to get the riders to safety.

Comment by Howard on May 21, 2014 at 5:11am

82 Water Main Breaks Over 5 Days in Milwaukee Wisconsin (May 20)

The number of water main breaks in Milwaukee continues to climb.

Since Saturday, May 17th, there have been 82 water main breaks, the majority occurring in the north and northwest parts of the city of Milwaukee.

There have been so many water main breaks since Saturday — the city has contracted extra workers to handle them.

The problem showed up on Saturday when the city shut down one of its two water treatment plants. City officials did that after Milwaukee Water Works found a leak on an 84-inch water main located outside the Texas Avenue Pumping Station on the south side. That station pumps water to the Howard Avenue Water Treatment Plant.

The Howard plant was then shut down. That left the Linnwood Water Treatment Plant to provide water to the Milwaukee Water Works' service area. When water pressure from the plant was increased, water main breaks started to occur.





Comment by Howard on May 18, 2014 at 3:16am

Burst Water Main Creates 5-Storey Geyser, Destruction in Russian City (May 17)

A water main burst in Rostov-on-Don, in southwest Russia, created a huge spout reaching the top of the five-story building close to it. The rubble and water from the blast smashed windows and damaged cars parked nearby.

Videos, which emerged online, show the enormous fountain next to a five-storied apartment block. The accident happened during a water main pressure check, according to the local media. The pressure was so high, water overflowed the roof.

“I was struck when I saw water flooding my apartment, from both sides,” Ekaterina, who lives in the damaged house told donnews.ru. “There was a roar, it was scary! We were relatively lucky, some of our neighbors’ apartments were so flooded they had to use buckets to bail out the water.”

The burst main blasted a huge hole in the road, measuring several meters in diameter. At least seven cars were damaged; all of them have broken windows and some have more serious damages.

The pressure check was carried out by the Lukoil company, which car owners and residents of the damaged house are now going to sue.



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