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:
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Greenport, NY- Water main break causes disruptions in Greenport
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Fresno, CA- Water main breaks, floods roadway in west central Fresno
Bridgeton, NJ- Officials: Water main break repaired at South Woods State Prison
Colchester, VT- Colchester students sent home early after water main break
Colorado Springs, CO- Water main break at Discovery Canyon Campus
Clarksville, TN- Clarksville water main break fully repaired
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Victoria, TX- Column: Victoria's reaction to water main break nothing short of ou...
Brunswick, OH- Boil alert: Brunswick schools closed for water main break
Hanover Township, PA- Water main break affecting Hanover Township
Grand Ledge, MI- City of Grand Ledge addresses water main break on Elizabeth St.
Los Altos, CA- Cal Water issues quickly resolved following water main break
Boston, MA- Water Main Break Shuts Down Roads in Jamaica Plain
Grand Rapids, MI- Water main break closes Lake Michigan Dr. at Covell Ave.
Fort Edward, NY- Water main break in Fort Edward
East Greenbush, NY- Water main break in town of East Greenbush
Rapid City, SD- Broken valve impacts downtown Rapid City
Clifton, NJ- Repairs underway for Clifton's third water main break since New Yea...
Canajoharie, NY- Water main break & boil water advisory in Canajoharie
Nanticoke, PA- UPDATE: Water main break fixed in Luzerne County
Victoria, TX- Gallery: Water main bursts
Jackson, MS- Water main breaks as temperatures plummet below freezing overnight
Tampa, FL- Water main break leads to Tampa road closure
Centerville, GA- Houston County Galleria mall and theater closed after water main break
Burlington, NC- Water main break impacts the city of Burlington, closing two Alaman...
Batavia, NY- Water shut down as crews deal with main break near Richmond Ave. an...
Gulfport, MS- Boil water notice issued in Gulfport due to water main repair
Hagerstown, MD- Water main repairs along Virginia Avenue to affect Halfway area for...
Canajoharie, NY- Canajoharie CSD closed due to water main break
Kalamazoo, MI- Water main break closes road in Kalamazoo’s Milwood neighborhood
Georgetown, TX- Water main break at Tippit Middle School to create delay in drop-of...
Salt Lake City, UT- Homeowners express frustrations after SLC water main break
Virginia Beach, VA- Boil water notice issued for Princess Anne Road area, after water m...
Honolulu, HI- Water main break in Manoa affects residents and traffic
Fort Collins, CO- Northbound Shields Street closed for water main work; nearby reside...
Philadelphia, PA- Water leak near Philly’s 30th Street Station halts SEPTA subway and...
Wilkes-Barre, PA- Water main break in Wilkes-Barre
Menands, NY- Water main break in Menands
Atlanta, GA- Water main break under investigation in Cherokee County
Centerville, GA- Galleria Cinemas in Centerville closed due to a water main break
Marquand, MO- Water restored in Marquand after main break; boil order in effect
Virginia Beach, VA- Water main break causing issues at Landstown schools
Raleigh, NC- Western Blvd. could remain closed at the Beltline for days as water...
Daly City, CA- Busted Water Main Causes Sinkhole, Disables Vehicle in Daly City
Milledgeville, GA- City officials talk about latest water crisis
Midland, TX- Midland water main repair nears completion
San Diego, CA- 2 rescued after water main break traps vehicles
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Kill Devil Hills, NC- Water main break repaired in Kill Devil Hills
Aiken, SC- Water Main Break Impacts 100 Service Connections
North Port, FL- Water main break in Wellen Park area
North Hampton County, PA- Water main break, sinkhole close part of Route 191 near Route 22
Honolulu, HI- Water main break in Wahiawa prompts lane closures
Gilbert, AZ- Water main break leads to extended closure of Elliot & Cooper i...
Fort Collins, CO- Water main break leaves Fort Collins mobile home park residents wit...
Saratoga Springs, NY- Major water main break in Saratoga Springs
Greensboro, NC- Greensboro roads reopened after two water main breaks
Portage, MI- Water main break closes lanes of Romence Road Parkway
Hill, NH- Boil water order issued for town of Hill
Kansas City, MO- Kansas City crews repair broken water main downtown, boil advisory ...
Norfolk, VA- Water service disruptions possible after water main break near ODU ...
High Point, NC- Road closure in High Point after water main break
Seymour, CT- Water Main Break in Seymour shuts down Route 67
Cumming, GA- Boil water advisory issued in downtown Cumming after water main break
Clovis, NM- Water main break repaired south of Grand and Prince streets
New York, NY- Firetruck stuck in Brooklyn sinkhole after responding to broken wat...
Manatee County, FL- Manatee County water customers may see effects as crews repair wate...
Jackson, MS- Burst pipes in Jackson, Mississippi, are just the latest of the cit...
Cincinnati, OH- Road closed: Stretch of Vine Street closed due to water main break
Evanston, IL- Water main break damages sewer
Nashville, TN- Changing temps cause string of water main breaks
Mount Pleasant, SC- Police caution drivers near 1885 Highway 17 due to water main break
Belle Glade, FL- Boil-water notice in effect for areas of Belle Glade
Rockville, MD- Roadway closed due to sinkhole, water main break in Rockville, Mary...
Wausau, WI- Crews in Rib Mountain repair water main, continue restoration efforts
Dryden, NY- Route 13 in Dryden closed due to water main break
Owosso, MI- Repairs underway on water main break in Owosso
Bellwood, IL- Bellwood boil order lifted after water main break, officials say
Bowling Green, KY- Roads reopen after water main break in Bowling Green
Bellaire, OH- Water main break in West Bellaire
Rochester, NY- BOIL WATER ADVISORY ISSUED AFTER WATER MAIN BREAK
Nashville, TN- Water main break to cause discoloration in Nashville
Ephrata Borough, PA- Ephrata road closed for water main break
Signal Mountain, TN- Water main breaks in Brainerd Monday, Signal Mountain Sunday
Tampa, FL- North Jefferson Street closed in Tampa after water main break
Lancaster County, PA- Water main break closes road in Ephrata, Lancaster County
St. Louis, MO- Water main breaks in the St. Louis region
Bethesda, MD- Roads closed after water main break along Bethesda Ave. in Montgome...
Des Moines, IA- Water main breaks more common in winter months in Iowa
Clarksville, TN- Clarksville Gas and Water Department reports Eastern Hills Drive wa...
Topeka, KS- City of Topeka dealing with 25 water-main breaks as of Tuesday morning
Clayton, MO- Water main breaks in Clayton
Scituate, MA- Water Main Break to Impact Service for Hours in Parts of Scituate
Waukesha, WI- Waukesha water main break results in roughly 1 million gallons lost...
Princeton, IN- Princeton under boil advisory after water main break
Forsyth County, NC- Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utilities working to respond to water ...
Florence, SC- 20 million gallons of water lost due to Florence water main break
Pierre, SD- Repairs completed on water main break on West Third Street in Pierre
Bellwood, IL- Bellwood boil order remains in effect days after water main break
Brookline, MA- Discolored Water Possible After Brookline Water Main Break
DeKalb County, GA- DeKalb County residents experiencing water pressure issues after fr...
Sacramento, CA- Students at Sacramento school sent home early following water main ...
Philadelphia, PA- Water main break floods portion of Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast...
Santa Rosa, CA- Water main break in Santa Rosa causes flooding, prompts street closure
San Diego, CA- Water Main Break Floods Nestor Homes
Lynn, MA- Lynn District Court to be closed Thursday due to water main break
Bertram, TX- Bertram issues boil water notice after major water main break
Boise, ID- Traffic delays in southeast Boise due to water main break
Las Vegas, NV- Water main break causes flooding on Desert Inn, Paradise
Cedar Rapids, IA- Cedar Rapids water main break closes street, repairs to take 2 weeks
Albuquerque, NM- Water main breaks may impact weekend sports events
Chesterfield, VA- Repairs to water main break continue on Chesterfield road
Boston, MA- “Something out of a movie”: Water main break causes road to buckle ...
Montclair, NJ- Montclair sees second water main break this week
Lewiston, ME- Repair crew fixing East Avenue water main break in Lewiston
San Francisco, CA- Water Main Break Floods Houses in San Francisco's Glen Park Neighbo...
Prince Rupert, BC- Increased water main breaks prompt local emergency in Prince Rupert...
Germantown, MD- Officials repair second water main break in weeks along Clopper Roa...
Lincoln Park, MI- Lincoln Park reports 'significant' water main break; services impac...
Dayton, OH- Crews respond to Riverside water main break
Culpeper, VA- Crews restore service following Sunset Lane water main break
Freeport, IL- City officials lift boil order after water main break in Freeport
West Hollywood, CA- Water main break on Westbourne
Petersburg, VA- Petersburg Public Library to close Friday due to water main break
Dartmouth, NS- Langley Avenue water main repaired (update)
Ventnor, NJ- Water main break on Wellington Avenue
Northampton, MA- Water main break at busy Northampton intersection snarls traffic
Wichita, KS- Water main breaks in west Wichita, pressure not impacted, city says
Houston, TX- Water main break causing flooding on Timmons Lane in Greenway Plaza...
Columbia Heights, MN- Columbia Heights works to repair second water main break in one week
Fort Lauderdale, FL- Water main break causes road closure in Fort Lauderdale
Minot, ND- Minot crews brave bitter cold to repair water main breaks
Derry Township, PA- Water main break closes road in Dauphin County
Greensboro, NC- Water main break temporarily closes lanes of W. Friendly Avenue
Hempfield Township, PA- Parts of Hempfield Township under Boil Water Advisory
Island City, OR- Crews working on water main break in Island City
Butler Township, PA- Boil water advisory in place after water main break on Delwood Road
Minneapolis, MN- Crews responding to water main break in north Minneapolis
Cincinnati, OH- Boil water advisory issued for part of Cincinnati due to water main...
Redding, CA- BREAKING: Water main bursts in downtown Redding
Albany, NY- Water main break in Albany
Wilkes-Barre Township, PA- Water main fixed at Wyoming Valley Mall, expected to reopen at 10 AM
Pine Belt, MS- Boil water notice issued in southwest Jones Co. after water main break
Boulder, CO- Arapahoe Avenue and 55th Street Closure
Donaldsonville, LA- Ascension Parish utility reports water main break in Donaldsonville
Rocky Mount, NC- Crews work to repair part of Sunset damaged by water main break
Mohawk, NY- Water main break in the town of Mohawk
Waterloo, IA- Water main break at Waterloo West High School postpones basketball ...
Petersburg, VA- 50 residents impacted by water main break in Petersburg
Toledo, OH- Water main break floods parts of north Toledo, boil advisory in eff...
Watseka, IL- UPDATE: Watseka boil order lifted after water main break
Fenton, MO- Bowles Elementary School closed Thursday due to water main break
Fairborn, OH- UPDATE: Fairborn intersection reopens after ‘significant’ water mai...
Belleville, MI- Water main break causes shutoff between E Huron River and Martinsvi...
Waterville, ME- Water main break forces businesses to close on Kennedy Memorial Dri...
Fort Myers, FL- Fort Myers water main break cuts off water to some areas
Lake Worth, FL- Water main break closes Palm Beach State College's Lake Worth campu...
Fayetteville, NC- Underground water main breaks on Fayetteville road
Calabasas, CA- Multiple water main breaks reported in Calabasas
Albany, NY- Service back for most people affected by Albany water main breaks
Forest Hills, PA- Drivers navigating through water main break on busy road in Forest ...
Lowell, MA- Crews respond to Lowell water main break, assist impacted residents
Lebanon, PA- Water main break displaces residents in Lebanon
Troy, NY- Water main break in Troy floods multiple streets
Kansas City, MO- Kansas City water main breaks impact dozens near Country Club Plaza
Lancaster County, PA- Two water main breaks fixed in Lancaster County
Barnegat, NJ- Boil Water Advisory in Effect in Areas of Barnegat Due to Water Mai...
Ithaca, NY- Floral Avenue affected by water main break in Ithaca’s west end
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