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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Two workers killed following water main break in Boston

OCTOBER 21, 2016

BOSTON (WHDH) - Two people are presumed dead after a water main break flooded a trench where several workers were working.

A private construction crew was working on a brownstone on Dartmouth Street between Montgomery and Tremont when a water main break sent water into the trench. Several workers were able to escape the scene, but two could not.

Recovery efforts are continuing in the South End as workers are currently working on securing the structure before the bodies can be recovered.

Witnesses described a panicked scene as water rushed into the street, with workers escaping and then rushing to try to save their colleagues.

Workers were “visibly shaken” after the incident.

RELATEDLocal company loses two workers killed in water main break

Fire officials say a “recovery operation” is currently underway.

“I think it’s going to be quite a while,” before emergency crews can recover the deceased, said Boston Commissioner William Evans.

Police, fire, and federal workplace investigators are currently on the scene.

Water is turned off in the area, the road has been blocked off, and city officials are asking people to avoid the area.

According to the commissioner, the hole was roughly 12 feet deep.

The Boston Fire Department has requested a response from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA).

Officials are currently investigating the structural integrity of the sidewalk and street.

Boston Police have confirmed that Dartmouth Street will be closed to traffic from Tremont to Warren and is expected to be closed through the evening commute. Police ask the public to avoid the area.

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Spanish Hotel Flooded by 60-Ft Water Main Geyser (Oct 6)

Rescue workers in Benalmadena, near the Spanish province of Malaga, say a giant water mains burst sending hundreds of thousands of gallons of water into the air.

The blast of the fracture was so strong, shock waves could be seen off the coast in the sea. 

Guests described a 'mini-tsunami' that swept through the hotel's restaurant during breakfast.

The hotel's reception area, gardens and four swimming pools were also swamped by the deluge.



Comment by Derrick Johnson on October 10, 2016 at 7:10am


Vehicles are CRUSHED in car park after burst water main causes flooding misery

Engineers have raced to fix the leak which has left hundreds of houses without water and power across south east London

CARS left in an underground car park overnight have been crushed after a burst water main flooded a town centre.

Shocking new images show battered cars crushed against the roof of the car park in Crayford which was submerged underwater following the water leak which has left hundreds of house holds without water and power.

The vehicles can be seen with their windscreens smashed and impaled against the ceiling after the water caused polystyrene insulation under the Townhill Square car park road surface to expand and rise by four feet. This forced the vehicles trapped inside upwards into the roof.

The car park was damaged during overnight repair work on a burst 12-inch water main in Crayford Road.

The pipe had initially burst on Tuesday afternoon and repairs were ongoing when it burst again on Saturday night causing chaos.

Hundreds of homes in Greenwich, Bexley and Crayford, as well as large parts of Dartford, in Kent, have been left without water due to the issue while a high street has also been submerged underwater.

Motorist Sadia Farzana Chitra, 42, who lives in a flat in Townhall Square, told KMFM: “Everything is completely submerged. My car park is at the back of the block and that is totally underwater — about five or six cars are completely gone.

“It is very devastating. My car and my neighbour’s car, which is a van, are damaged and the firefighters took a picture of them for us and told me it could be a write-off.”

Water supplies were returned to normal this afternoon with the water levels now receding.

Thames Water senior operations manager Danny Leamon said: “This is an extremely difficult repair, due to the location and depth of the pipe, and we are very frustrated to have suffered this major setback. 

“The second burst and flooding is now under control and water pressure should be returning to normal for customers.

“We’re really sorry for this added disruption our work is causing, and are doing everything possible to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.”

A spokesperson for Gallions Housing Association said:”We have been on-site throughout the day assisting Thames Water, the fire brigade and the police following the burst water main in Crayford town centre.

“All Gallions residents are safe, have clean water and there has been no water ingress into anyone’s home.

“Water has damaged some people’s cars in the car park in the basement, and Thames Water have advised that they will have officers based at the library tomorrow to get all of the details from those affected.”

Images of Crayford Water Retail park show it submerged in flood water with roads and paths around the centre impassable due to the deluge.

Transport for London had urged motorists to avoid the area and warned of long queues across south-east London.

Amazed residents shared their images on social media of the flooding which included cars floating in a town centre car park.

Source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/uknews/1940836/hundreds-of-homes-left...

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