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MAJOR WATER MAIN BREAK

Friday, October 19, 2012

Water pouring through the pavement at Euclid and West Broadway on Sunday, Oct. 14, shown above, turned into a repair job that took until the end of the work day on Monday, Oct. 15. According to Utilities Superintendent Pete Rauch, crews immediately began locating valves to turn off the water main, some of which were hard to find. Crews worked through the night trying to locate the source of the break, which was finally tracked to the middle of Broadway. Significant pavement cutting through as much as 18 inches of pavement followed, including through steel matting in the base concrete layer. "Crews left the water pressure on until they discovered the source in order to minimize customers being out of water any longer than they had to be," Rauch said. "I estimate that we lost close to 500,000 gallons of water to this break. Steve Roden, water foreman, said this was the most confounding break he has had to deal with in 28 years." The repair was finally made around 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 15. Street department crews then poured fresh concrete. Traffic was restricted into Monday evening until the concrete had adequately set. A police officer was stationed on scene all day with lights flashing to slow down motorists in addition to flagmen from the street department. [Photo courtesy of Pete Rauch]



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