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.

Interactive Map of Known Sinkholes in Harrisburg







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 Howard on Thursday

Massive Water Main Geyser Near Los Angeles (Dec 15)

Facebook video (the above photo pales in comparison to the video)

A rupture in a 39-inch main sent water blowing high into the air over a broad area for at least an hour on Monday, causing damage to a regional park’s nature center and attracting the attention of residents for miles around.

The dramatic scene lasted about an hour at Wildwood Regioinal Park in Thousand Oaks, California.

“They are basically being buried in mud,” Friedl said of the Conejo Recreation and Park District buildings. “We, the district, are going to definitely have some cleaning up and digging out to do once it has all been stabilized.”



Comment by Howard on Wednesday

Water Main Break Causes Geyser in Oklahoma City (Dec 16)

A northwest Oklahoma City neighborhood looked like a scene out of Yellowstone National Park when a water main break caused water to shoot skyward, dousing homes and flooding the street, Tuesday evening.

Repair crews were called to the Teal Ridge housing subdivision located in the 12000 block of Meadows Dr., just south of the Kilpatrick Turnpike, between N. May Ave. and N. Penn Ave.

The cause of the break has not been determined at this time. The break did not cause any traffic issues for any of the main roads in the area.



Other notable water main breaks today, mostly across the eastern U.S.

Washington D.C

Fort Wayne, Indiana

Tampa, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Waterford, Connecticuit

Fairfield, Alabama

Newark, New Jersey

Comment by Howard on December 16, 2014 at 12:44am

Broken Water Main Wreaks Havoc in Melbourne Australia (Dec 16)

Homes have been inundated and cars sank into the road after a water main burst in Melbourne's inner city.

Residents were woken by a flood of water early on Tuesday morning as water surged through a residential street in Port Melbourne.

Up to 50 homes on Liardet Street were initially threatened by the flood, as pressurised water sprayed from the burst 375-millimetre (15-inch) pipe.

The flood created a sinkhole on the street and three cars were engulfed in the asphalt.

3AW caller Vanessa Proctor said the flooding was substantial.

"My cat was swimming in the backyard," she said.

Another woman told 3AW she thought it was a tsunami, given the street's proximity to the bay.

State Emergency Service volunteers sandbagged properties and removed furniture from homes.

Ultimately, three homes were damaged by ankle-deep water and three cars were damaged.



Comment by Derrick Johnson on December 14, 2014 at 8:03am

Several water main breaks along the US East Coast on December 13th 2014

New York-Elderly woman rushed to hospital after water main floods Queens homes


West Virginia-Charleston Water Main Break Floods At Least Five Homes


Pennsylvania- Water main break knocks over trees in Penn Township


Maryland- Northbound Mass. Ave. Closed in Montgomery County Due to Broken Water Main


Massachusetts- Major water main break in Mansfield repaired


Comment by Howard on December 7, 2014 at 3:44am

2 Water Mains Break Nearly Simultaneously in Los Angeles (Dec 6)

Water mains in Reseda and Koreatown erupted 4 minutes apart on Saturday, according to the LA Department of Water and Power.

In Koreatown, cars splashed through a river of water gushing from a break on 5th Street, between Ardmore and Normandie avenues, a DWP spokesman said. An 8-inch cast-iron pipe was reported broken at 5:11 a.m.

The Reseda/Tarzana break occurred at 5:15 a.m., at 5203 Calvin Avenue.




Comment by KM on December 5, 2014 at 12:17am


Israel hit by its worst ever environmental crisis as millions of litres of crude oil spill from pipeline in the desert

  • Millions of litres of crude oil have flooded 200 acres of a desert nature reserve in southern Israel, officials said
  • More than 80 people have been taken to hospital in Israel and Jordan after inhaling oil fumes, local reports suggest
  • Oil spill happened during maintenance work on the Eilat-Ashkelon pipeline north of the Red Sea resort of Eilat
  • Environment Ministry official Guy Samet estimated that: 'Rehabilitation will take months, if not years' 

Israel has been hit by its worst ever environmental crisis as millions of litres of crude oil gushed out of a pipeline to flood 200 acres of a desert nature reserve, officials said.

More than 80 people have been taken to hospital with breathing difficulties after the oil spill which happened during maintenance work on the Eilat-Ashkelon pipeline, north of the Red Sea resort of Eilat, on Wednesday night.

Officials say rehabilitation of the area could take months, even years, as the spill stretched to 'a couple of kilometers long' and reached the Evrona nature reserve, close to the Jordan border. 

A preliminary investigation indicated that the pipeline burst after a new section was struck accidentally during maintenance work, according to The Times of Israel.

Millions of litres of crude oil have gushed out of a pipeline to flood 200 acres of a desert nature reserve in southern Israel, officials said

Millions of litres of crude oil have gushed out of a pipeline to flood 200 acres of a desert nature reserve in southern Israel, officials said

Comment by Howard on December 1, 2014 at 7:57am

Water main breaks occurring near the N. American bow point in southern California.  

Water Main Geyser Closes Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu (Nov 27)


Villa Park Water Main Bursts, Floods Streets (Nov 30)


Ruptured Water Main Closes City Heights Streets in San Diego (Nov 30)

A broken water main left several City Heights blocks without water Sunday, a city official said.

A 16-inch, cast iron pipe broke and sent water gushing from the street at 54th Place near Orange Avenue about 10:15 a.m., said public utilities spokesman Arian Collins.

Residents and businesses in an area bordered by El Cajon Boulevard, Orange Avenue and 56th Street had no water while crews worked to fix the main.

Four water wagons were parked in the area to provide people with fresh water, Collins said.



Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 26, 2014 at 6:49pm


Gigantic water leak causes street to collapse near Primrose Hill

11:37 26 November 2014

A torrent of water gushes out from underneath collapsed tarmac in Wells Rise

Residents were left wading through a torrent of water over the weekend after a huge water pipe burst, flooding the street and causing the road to collapse.

Homeowners along Wells Rise, next to Primrose Hill, awoke to a small river flowing past their front doors on Sunday morning, with some residents left frantically sweeping water away from their drives to stop homes being flooded.

The chaotic scenes, caused by a ruptured pipe 36ins in diameter, left about 600 homes with low water pressure or no water at all.

Parts of the road collapsed due to the leak and left a gaping hole in the street while workmen carried out urgent repairs.

Thames Water is still working to fix the pipe and the cause of the leak is not yet known.

Comment by Howard on November 14, 2014 at 4:32am

A few of the more dramatic water main breaks in the U.S. today. 

Water Main Break Creates 30-Foot Geyser In Oklahoma (Nov 13) 

A broken 10-inch water main in a parking lot in the 5100 block of South 103rd East Avenue created a 30-foot geyser. 


Walnut Creek California Water Pipe Creates 80-Ft Geyser (Nov 13) 

Thousands of gallons of water shot nearly 80 feet in the sky in downtown Walnut Creek early Thursday morning. 


Water Main Break Causes Flood in San Anselmo, California (Nov 13) 

Residents in San Anselmo are used to floods, just not as accustomed to those caused by broken water pipes. 

"Saw water on both sides of the street and getting high fast," said Karl Christoffersen, who works at Seawood Photo on Tunstead Avenue. He showed KTVU his home video that he took as fountains of water spewed from the pavement near the store. 

"It looked like the street had been lifted up maybe a foot almost," Christoffersen said, "And then we saw the water kind of shooting up out of the cracks in the street." 


Comment by Howard on November 12, 2014 at 5:17am

Sampling of water main breaks across the U.S. in the past 48 hours.

20-inch Water Main Breaks - Nov 11
Clayton, MO

A water main break in Clayton is causing a major traffic backup. The 20-inch break happened Tuesday morning at Hanley and Carondelet.

Work is expected to last approximately five months.


Water Main Break Buckles Road - Nov 11

Richmond Heights, OH

The water main break happened at about 5 p.m. and water overtook two of the northbound lanes on Richmond Road.

Willard Freeman, who lives nearby said water was gushing so high from the main break it was nearly hitting the traffic light.


Broken Water Main Floods Street - Nov 11
Riverside, CA

Kathy Roney said she was awakened about 6 a.m. by police ringing her doorbell and shouting.

"It wasn't until I opened the door that I heard the sound of rushing water," Roney said. "When it started getting halfway up my yard I started getting concerned."


Water Mian Break Opens Giant Hole in Road - Nov 11
Springfield, MA

A quiet Springfield street is now split apart by a giant hole due to a morning water main break.


Water Main Break Closes Road - Nov 10
Eagle, Colorado


10-Inch Water Main Blows - Nov 10
Aspen Hill, MD




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