Water main break hits Rising Sun neighborhood
— Residents of Valley View Village off East Main Street say they tried to tell town officials that the water bubbling up from underneath their street was not rain water.
“I called them two days ago,” Brenda Maynard, a Louise Court homeowner, said Tuesday.
Maynard said she was told the water bubbling from cracks in the pavement — from a previous water line
repair June 9 — was the result of the recent rainfall. Maynard said she disagreed.
Then Tuesday evening, the water began to increase from bubbling to a full bore flow of water from a crack more than 12-feet long.
Maynard and neighbors Bill Barr and Laura Buskirk said they tried to warn town hall that the break was coming.
Mayor Travis Marion and Commissioners Brian Leishear and Dave Warnick came to the scene while a public works crew gathered tools and equipment and contacted a contractor to help with the heavy digging needed to expose the break.
Water in the subdivision had to be shut down, although Buskirk said once the line ruptured, water inside her home had fallen to a trickle anyway. Town employees and contractors worked through the night and were able to fix the break by mid-morning Wednesday.
According to town officials, nearly 20 feet of pipe was replaced to finish the repair, which was made more difficult by the large amount of gushing water. The total cost of the repair may total up to $200,000, according to their estimates. Officials also found that the original pipe was supported by blocks of wood, a poor practice as wood rots over time and degrades, allowing the pipe to move and increasing the strain on it.
It was the fourth major break in this development in the last five years.
Residents of Valley View Village give Mayor Travis Marion (back to camera) the timeline of the water main break that gushed down Louise Court Tuesday night.