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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 12 hours ago

Water Main Break Reported in St. Albans

ST. ALBANS, W. Va. (WSAZ) -- A water main break has been reported in St. Albans, along the 800 block of South Walnut Street.

Neighbors say water could be seen shooting several feet out of the ground since around 6:45 Saturday morning.

Crews from St. Albans Municipal Utility Commission are on scene to shut the water off and repair the 6 inch water main.

Crews tell WSAZ that they aren't sure how many will lose service once they shut the water off, but don't expect repairs to take long.

Keep checking WSAZ Mobile and WSAZ.com for updates on this story.

Source: http://www.wsaz.com/home/headlines/Water-Main-Break-Reported-in-Sai... 

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Comment by Derrick Johnson 12 hours ago

Crews repair water main break in Eureka Valley

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Crews repaired a water main break in San Francisco on Saturday, officials said.

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission received a report of the break at 8:22 a.m. in Eureka Valley, said Catania Galván, a spokeswoman with the agency. The break occurred on an 8-inch cast-iron pipe dating from the 1800s at 19th and Eureka streets, she said.

Roughly a block of customers in the area were left without water for several hours.

The repairs were complete by midafternoon, with water service returning shortly afterward, Galván said.

The incident was the second water main break in as many days in San Francisco. On Friday, an aging 12-inch main at Potrero Avenue and 22nd Street burst, sending water spilling down the street past San Francisco General Hospital.

Source: https://www.google.com/maps/place/San+Francisco,+CA/@39.4660296,-12...!4m2!3m1!1s0x80859a6d00690021:0x4a501367f076adff 

Comment by Derrick Johnson on Friday
Posted: Thursday, 02 July 2015 8:27AM

Merriams crews hope to have a water main break fixed soon



MERRIAM, Kan. - Merriam city officials continue to work on a water main break. The goal is to have westbound lanes back open on 67th Street at Carter Street by Thursday afternoon following a water main break earlier in the week.

City administrator Phil Lammers says this has been a far bigger challenge than originally thought.

"Not knowing where all of the underground elevations are or all of those existing utilities, and there are many, it is then the challenge of the utility crew to get a new route for the water line," said Lammers.

Lammers says the main that broke had been in place for about 50 years, which isn't long enough to have concerns about it breaking due to age.
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Comment by Derrick Johnson on Thursday

That's one way of keeping cool! Londoners use burst water main as an impromptu shower as temperatures head for the high 30s

  • Temperatures have reached record-breaking 36C today making it hottest July day ever and hottest day in 12 years
  • But Britons were struggling in stifling heat and officials had urged people to stay indoors during peak sun hours
  • In south London people found a novel way to keep cool - by using a broken water mains pipe 

Londoners have found a novel way off cooling off during the blistering heat on what is officially the hottest day in twelve years.

A burst water pipe in the south of the capital provided relief for passersby as the mercury hit a record-breaking 36.7C today making it the hottest ever day in July and pushing temperatures in Britain even higher than Barcelona and Athens.

Scorching temperatures caused concern among health officials who fear the lives of young children, pregnant women and the elderly are at risk from the tropical heatwave.

But as many struggled to cope with the heat, Londoners used the the burst water mains in Merton as a refreshing shower. 

The high-pressured jet of water erupted at 11am this morning, shooting 45ft into the air above a busy street. It was cordoned off by officials this morning as gallons of water pumped out every minute.

But that didn't stop hot and bothered locals running through the mid-street shower while cyclists and motorcyclists also enjoyed a cooling spray as they rode along the road. 

Thames Water confirmed they were alerted to the leak this morning but were not able to stop the flow until 3.15pm this afternoon.

Water had to be switched off to the surrounding area while work was carried out although services to nearby homes have now resumed. Staff are now working to permanently fix the damage which Thames Water said was caused by 'normal wear and tear.' A spokesman said: 'Lots of pipes in London are quite old so it happens quite often.

'We're sorry to anyone affected by the burst pipe today. Our engineers are there fixing it and we're doing all we can to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.'

The utilities firm were not able to confirm how much water was lost but said bursts of this kind 'always look worse than they are.' 

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3146174/That-s-one-way-keep... 

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Comment by Derrick Johnson on Thursday

Crews Race to Reopen Georgia Avenue After Water Main Break

Water gushed into homes, streets and businesses on a busy stretch of Wheaton, Maryland Wednesday afternoon after a 68-year-old water main burst -- and crews are still working to reopen Georgia Avenue.

Georgia Avenue reopened to southbound traffic on Wednesday evening, with one lane each for southbound and northbound traffic. Crews were working late Wednesday to reopen Georgia Avenue in time for rush hour Thursday morning.

"We are hopeful at this point it will be open by the morning," WSSC spokeswoman Lyn Riggins said late Thursday. "We're going to do the best we can. There is a lot of damage to the road." 

The water main break occurred on Georgia Avenue between Shorefield Road and Henderson Avenue about 12:45 p.m., according to the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission.

One home with six people inside was evacuated as nearly knee-deep water rushed inside. Dr. Wajeed Khan was in his Georgia Avenue office when the water seeped indoors.

"It was truly was like the Mississippi River on both sides of the building, and like Lake Michigan in my office," he said.

About 2.5 million gallons of water were lost during the break, according to WSSC. That's the equivalent of almost four Olympic-size swimming pools.

The same section of Georgia Avenue flooded two previous times in the past year, Khan and Roger Ramirez, a resident of the flooded home, said.

"This is a classic example of aging infrastructure. When an older pipe like this breaks, we're putting a Band-Aid on it," Riggins said as workers worked to repair the pipe Wednesday evening.

Source: http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Wheaton-Homes-Being-Evacuat... 

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Comment by Derrick Johnson on Wednesday

Charleston peninsula on boil water advisory after water main break

Posted: Jun 30, 2015 10:48 AM PDTUpdated: Jun 30, 2015 8:24 PM PDT

HARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -Charleston Water System is issuing a boil water advisory for the Charleston peninsula after a water main break Tuesday afternoon. 

The company also says Azalea Dr. is closed to traffic as workers replace the broken pipe. 

Charleston Water System posted the advisory through their Twitter account. Customers on the peninsula starting at Mt. Pleasant street and moving southward are being urged to boil water for at least one minute before using it. They say that minute starts after bringing the water to a full boil. Click here for more on what to do during a boil water advisory. 

Some restaurants decided to shut down for the day because of the advisory. Others stayed open by buying ice and bottled water.

The company says the advisory will remain in effect until their water samples confirm the water is safe to drink. The process could take longer than 18 hours, their website says. They plan to post updates on their Twitter account

The company did not provide any formal notice through phone calls or emails. Some businesses said they found out by luck. 

"We actually had an employee that worked for use who got a text message from one of her friends at MUSC saying that there was a boil water advisory," Nick Edstall, the house manager of Juanita Greenberg's said.

At 3:35 p.m., officials announced that samples were in the lab and results would be in at 7 a.m. on Wednesday. 

People living downtown reported either low water pressure or no water at all in their homes on Tuesday morning. 

Charleston Water System later tweeted that the caused of the water outage was on Azalea Dr. 

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Source: http://www.live5news.com/story/29443619/charleston-peninsula-on-boi... 

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Comment by Derrick Johnson on Tuesday

Streets turn into canals as burst water main floods roads in south London and 70 firefighters battle to save homes and shops

  • Floodwater measuring a 'few inches deep' laps properties in Kennington, south London, after burst water pipe
  • Commuters faced travel chaos this morning after torrent of water erupted just after 8am, flooding several streets
  • Residents took to Twitter to joke about the flooding incident describing the suburb as 'Venice' and the 'mini Pacific' 
  • Water supply had to be turned off in area while incident dealt with by 70 firefighters who pumped water from homes


Streets were transformed into canals after a burst water main left a busy suburb of south London flooded today.

Commuters faced transport chaos as they tried to travel through Kennington this morning after the burst pipe sent a torrent of water down residential streets.

More than 70 firefighters battled to prevent damage to homes and shops as the leak erupted just after 8am.

Police were called in to cordon off roads and 10 fire engines were sent to pump water clear out of nearby homes. 

Several residents could be seen trying to wade through the water, including four year-old Jaya who whizzed through the water in Kennington Park on her scooter.

Twitter users took to the social media site to share news about the incident, with reports of the floodwater measuring a few inches deep.

Karl Roche said: 'Might want to avoid Kennington Road? Unless you have a canoe.'

Nick Chapman said: 'Kennington Park Road has become a river #happymonday #lambeth #london'. 

He later added: 'Water levels still slowly rising on Kennington Park Road. Time to get some sandbags and a boat.'

Mark Russell said: 'No need to visit Venice this year. This is Grand Canal Kennington today' before posting a picture of floodwater lapping the edge of properties.

Matthew Blakstad joked: 'I think I may have left the bath taps on.'

And Heather Hampson said: 'I hope South London Pacific hasn't actually tuned into a mini Pacific! #kennington.'

Others complained about the water supply being turned off while the incident was dealt with.

One Twitter user, writing under the name Chella, said: 'No water in kennington and elephant & castle. Worst day of my life.' 

Cyclist Shaun Mooney, 26, said the water stretched 'at least a few hundred yards up the road'.

He told the Evening Standard: 'You could see water gushing and bubbling like there was a fountain.

'There was a whirlpool where they must have opened up a drain, and all the water was draining away like a bathtub. It was crazy.

'It was from pavement to pavement, and at some points it was overlapping the pavement like a river bursting its banks.'

Kennington Park Road was shut southbound while emergency services dealt with the incident and several bus routes had to be diverted.

Thames Water apologised for the burst pipe and confirmed the water supply had to be turned off while it was dealt with.

A spokesman said: 'We're sorry to anyone affected by the burst pipe this morning.

'Our engineers have arrived at the road and are working as fast as they can to turn off the water supply and stop flooding.'

A Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed officers were sent to the scene, adding: 'We were called at 8.21am to reports of a burst water pipe.

'Roads were closed at Kennington Park Road junction with Kennington Park Place, in the direction of Oval. Thames Water attended and buses are on diversion.'

Transport for London confirmed Kennington Tube station was unaffected and still open.

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3143430/Streets-turn-canals...

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Comment by Derrick Johnson on Tuesday

WATER MAIN BREAK BUCKLES ROADS IN HOLLYWOOD HILLS

Monday, June 29, 2015 06:58AM

A large water main break sent water gushing through the streets and even buckled some roads in the Hollywood Hills early Monday morning.

The break was reported around 3 a.m. at Odin Street and Cahuenga Boulevard.

The Los Angeles Fire Department said there is no damage to neighboring structures, but the break caused some roads to buckle.

Officials on scene told Eyewitness News the busted 8-inch pipe was built in 1926. Water service was turned off for approximately 80 homes.

Odin Street was closed, and officials had no estimated time for re-opening the road.

The cause of the break was not immediately known.

Source: http://abc7.com/news/water-main-break-buckles-roads-in-hollywood-hi...

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Comment by Derrick Johnson on June 24, 2015 at 6:55am

Water main break to keep North Main closed

DAYTON — 

UPDATE @ 6:01 p.m.: The repair work on the ruptured water main at North Main Street and Pointview Avenue is expected to take up to 8 hours, officials tell us.

About a dozen homes and businesses have lost some water pressure because of the break. No injuries have been reported from the break.

There may be a boil advisory issued once the problem is repaired, a county official said at the scene.

Witnesses said they saw water bubbling in the street just before the pressure sent a large plume of water shooting into the air.

If you are northbound from downtown Dayton, possible detours include heading east on Maplewood Avenue, north on Kathleen Avenue, then west on Fernwood Avenue to get back onto North Main.

If you are southbound on North Main, possible detours include heading west on Maplelawn Drive, south on Sandalwood Drive and east on Cliff Street to get back on Main.

FIRST REPORT

A water main break sent water spewing several feet into the air on North Main Street.

Dayton police are blocking traffic as city street crews respond to the area of North Main at Pointview Avenue.

Source: http://www.whio.com/news/news/water-main-break-shuts-down-north-mai... 

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Comment by Derrick Johnson on June 21, 2015 at 6:41am

Boil Water Advisory lifted after water main break on Grinstead Drive

Posted: Jun 19, 2015 4:14 AM PDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Water says the Boil Water Advisory has been lifted for approximately 33,000 customers impacted by Thursday's water main break on a 60-inch pipe.

The company says the water quality is good and customers can use their tap water for all purposes.

Customers should empty ice from refrigerators with automatic dispensers and allow three cycles to run before using the ice. The water company also advises to allow water to run for a few minutes on the water line before drinking.

Louisville Water spokeswoman Kelley Dearing Smith says crews are still working to repair the main. She says a large section of the pipe will be removed today. Crews will then install a new section of 60-inch pipe next week. 

Crews will continue working on Grinstead Drive throughout the weekend and the road could remain closed through the middle of next week. 

Source: http://www.wdrb.com/story/29359813/boil-water-advisory-lifted-after... 

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