Wa­ter main break hits Ris­ing Sun neigh­bor­hood

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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

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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.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

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.

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