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 Howard 16 hours ago

Massive Water Main Break in Hollywood CA (Sept 19)

A huge geyser was gushing in Hollywood, California this afternoon, spraying high up above the buildings, blasting the top of a palm tree and flooding the street.

Steve Smith tweeted to LADWP a photo of the scene at 6300 W. Willoughby Avenue. He got to the scene around 2:25 p.m.

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http://laist.com/2014/09/19/video_huge_fountain_of_water_gushin.php

Comment by Derrick Johnson on Thursday

MD Water main break causes Route 124 closures

(Photo: WUSA9)

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- A large water main caused road closures on Wednesday evening.

Crews will need to replace eight feet of pipe near the break, WSSC said on Twitter Thursday night.

The break occurred at Route 124 and Russel Avenue, the Montgomery County Fire Department said.

Route 124 and Russel Avenue were closed, and the fire station near the scene is was blocked by the break, fire officials said.

The main has been shut down, and eight customers are being affected by the break, WSSC said.

Source: http://www.wusa9.com/story/news/local/gaithersburg/2014/09/17/water...

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Crews Work To Repair Water Main Break In Center City

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — An early morning water main break at 7th and Locust Streets in Center City is blocking traffic and affecting dozens of homeowners.

The Philadelphia Water Department says ten homes and a condo building with 25 units are without water.

The 10-inch main flooded the streets when it broke around 2 a.m. Wednesday. The flow was shut-off by about 6:30 a.m.

Crews were expected to begin repairs around 9 a.m. The work  is expected to take at least eight hours.

Local detours are in effect.

Source: http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2014/09/17/crews-work-to-repair-wa...

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Comment by Howard on Monday

Nearly 6 Times More Water Main 'Blowouts' in LA (Sept 12)

This summer, Los Angeles has seen more high-energy water line ruptures that cause street damage, according to data from the Department of Water and Power.

Though the total number of pipe leaks of all types are stable, “blowouts” — a term used to describe a subset of pipe breaks that damage roads — are up from last year, with 34 in July and 24 in August.

That compares with five in each month last year, according to agency data.

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http://ktla.com/2014/09/12/number-of-road-damaging-water-main-blowo...

Comment by Derrick Johnson on September 13, 2014 at 7:26am

Water main break leaves some Oklahoma City residents without water

OKLAHOMA CITY —Some Oklahoma City residents are without water due to a break in the line Friday morning.

There is a 72-inch break in a water line near South Sunnylane Road and Southeast 34th Street. The break happened about 3:30 a.m.

In addition to those without water some residents are experiencing low water pressure. Crews are working to fix the break.

Oklahoma City Community College is closing its campuses until further notice due to the water main break. They are asking students to check OCCC.edu for updates as to when the campuses will reopen.

Oklahoma City Utilities spokesperson Debbie Regan says the water main that burst connect with half the city but there's no way to tell how many people were actually affected.

Stay with KOCO 5 News for the latest information on breaking news.

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Comment by Derrick Johnson on September 12, 2014 at 7:33am

2 Phoenix water mains break, dozens without water

More than 40 people were without water early Thursday morning after two separate water mains broke in Phoenix, a city water services spokeswoman confirmed.

The first was a a 6-inch water main that broke at about 5 a.m. Thursday in front of a building north of Bethany Home Road, near Berridge Lane and Second Street. Two homes were flooded and 22 people were without water, said Victoria Welch, a city water services spokeswoman. The water main was almost 50 years old.

The water for that break was shut off at about 6:15 a.m., helicopter footage showed.

The second break was an 8-inch pipe that busted on Seventh Avenue near McDowell Road at around 9 p.m. Wednesday night, Welch said. Around 20 people were immediately without water and two southbound lanes of 7th Avenue were closed. Phoenix crews were expected to have the break repaired by 9 a.m. Thursday, Welch said.

That water main was around 80 years old.

Welch said neither of the incidents were related to the historic amounts of rain that fell in Phoenix earlier in the week.

Source: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2014/09/11/phoeni...

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Comment by Derrick Johnson on September 11, 2014 at 7:24am

Water main break significantly damages NE Sandy Blvd.

Portland Water Bureau says 16-inch water pipe ruptured, causing water to flow into the immediate area

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Crews said a section of Northeast Sandy Boulevard will remain closed for days after a water main break Wednesday afternoon.

The road will remain closed between Northeast 122nd and Northeast 138th avenues until further notice.

The Portland Water Bureau said drivers can use Northeast Airport Way or Northeast Halsey Street to get around the closure.

Crews remained on the scene Wednesday to repair the water main. Meanwhile, the Oregon Department of Transportation said they’re making preparations to repair the “significant damage” that occurred to Northeast Sandy Boulevard, including the hiring of a contractor to fix the road surface and subsurface.

According to the bureau, a 16-inch water pipe ruptured, causing water to flow into the immediate area.

Crews onsite immediately worked to shut down the water and make repairs.

Portland Fire & Rescue said water had flown into the parking lots of nearby apartment complexes although no units were damaged. No injuries were reported either.

It is unknown at this time how many customers may be out of water although the Portland Water Bureau confirmed that some multifamily units are affected.

Customers in the area may be experiencing dirty water and/or low pressure at their home. The discoloration does not pose a health risk; however, the bureau said customers should avoid using tap water or running the washing machine or dishwasher until the repair is complete.

No exact estimate was given as to when all repairs to the roadway and sidewalks in the are would be completed.

For the most recent updates about the water main break, visit the Portland Water Bureau’s blog here.

Soruce: http://koin.com/2014/09/10/water-main-break-significantly-damages-n...

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Comment by Derrick Johnson on September 9, 2014 at 8:27am

Water main break in Encino forces evacuation of two homes

A 16-inch water main that ruptured in an Encino neighborhood Monday tore through a street and sent gushing water into several backyards, prompting the evacuation of two homes, officials said.

The rupture, reported around 9:40 a.m., affected backyards in the 17900 block of Karen Drive, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott said. No injuries were reported.

L.A. Department of Water and Power crews worked to shut off the main, reducing the flow of water to "a trickle," he said. At least 100 LADWP customers were affected by the break.

Officials said the cast iron pipe burst as a result of typical erosion. Crews were still working to completely shut off the valve Monday afternoon.

Although the utility did not immediately know how much water was lost as a result of the leak, the pipe experienced “heavy leaking” for about an hour, said Mike Miller, a district superintendent for LADWP.

The pipe was expected to be fully repaired by 8 p.m. But officials don’t know when repairs will be completed to the road, which suffered extensive damage due to the force of the water, he added.

Water and some mud entered at least two homes, which Miller said also sustained extensive damage.

Source: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-water-main-break-encino...

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Comment by Derrick Johnson on September 4, 2014 at 7:03am

Water main break floods area around Rady Children's Hospital

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A water main break that took hours to halt flooded a Birdland-area neighborhood Wednesday, inundating garages and disrupting water service to several nearby hospitals along with dozens of houses and apartments.

The ruptured 18-inch cast-iron pipeline began sending water surging out of buckled asphalt in the 2600 block of Meadow Lark Drive shortly before 4 p.m., according to police and the San Diego Water Department. The mishap forced the closure of traffic lanes in the immediate area.

Among facilities temporarily losing water service was Rady Children's Hospital. The pediatric medical center had service restored by 5:30 p.m., spokesman Carlos Delgado said.

Also affected were Sharp Memorial, Sharp Mary Birch and Sharp Mesa Vista Hospitals. The disruption to those facilities was ongoing as of 6:30 p.m., according to spokesman John Cihomsky.

All the hospitals have emergency stores of water, and none reported any adverse effects to patient care.

The nearby county juvenile court and detention center also was affected to some degree, SDWD spokesman Arian Collins said. It was unclear if the complex remained without service in the early evening.

Residents told news crews that the overflow had flooded some residential garages on Nightingale Way. Live television shots showed people wading, swimming and floating on inflatable rubber rafts in ponds of water in front of homes and apartment complexes in the area.

Utility crews got the overflow under control at about 6:20 p.m., according to Collins. Full restoration of service and repair of the damaged sections of roadway were expected to take until about noon Thursday, he said.

Source: http://www.sandiego6.com/news/local/Water-main-break-floods-area-ar...

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Comment by Derrick Johnson on September 1, 2014 at 6:25am

Cabrillo Bridge reopened to vehicles after water main break on El Prado in Balboa Park

SAN DIEGO - The Cabrillo Bridge is back open to vehicles after being closed for hours while crews repaired a large water main break in Balboa Park.

The break was reported Sunday morning on a 36-inch water main on El Prado just east of Sixth Avenue.

A hydraulics crew from the city's Public Utilities Department shut down the main. A spokesman said the large main has very high water pressure and the shutdown process was slow so as not to cause more damage to the water system. No customers were without water service during the repairs.

The repairs were completed and the bridge reopened to vehicular traffic just before 6 p.m.

Source: http://www.10news.com/news/water-main-break-on-el-prado-in-balboa-p...

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Comment by Derrick Johnson on August 29, 2014 at 7:22am

Water Main Break Reportedly Flooding Basements In Ross Twp.

(Photo Credit: KDKA)

ROSS TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — A water main break sent water gushing down a street in Ross Township, and caused some flooding problems for nearby residents.

The break happened around 7 p.m. on Babcock Boulevard and Roderick Drive, just across the street from the Shoppes at Northway.

Firefighters worked to keep the water from flooding homes at the bottom of the hill.

West View Water Authority crews were called out to turn off the water and fix the break.

There’s no word yet on how bad the damage is.

Source: http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2014/08/28/water-main-break-reported...

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