More Water Mains Burst in Brutal Cold

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Crews across Connecticut have been dealing with a second day of water main breaks. 

    This morning, water company crews dealt with water main breaks in East Hartford and Berlin.

    A 4-inch pipe burst at Prospect Street and Route 44 in East Hartford this morning. The main was shut down at 12:50 a.m. Water was restored at 7:25 a.m.

    The other water main break is on Winding Meadow Street near Grapevine Lane in Berlin.

    The water has not yet been shut off in the area of mainly residential homes but water repair crews expect to have the problem fixed later today.

    Yesterday there were at least six water main breaks across the state.

    Water mains broke at 772 Trout Brook Drive in West Hartford, on Beelzebub Road South Windsor, at 170 Victoria Road and 151 Standish Street in Hartford, as well as 50 Forest Drive, Newington.

    The water main in West Hartford was shut down at 4:20 a.m., affecting 12 houses between Park Road and Boulevard. Repairs have been completed, but road repairs are ongoing.

    The water main break on Forest Drive has been restored, but affected 22 houses between Goodale Drive and Ivy Lane. The 8-inch main was shut down at 1:30 p.m. and service was restored as of 3 p.m.

    The water main on Victoria Road in Hartford was shut down at 9:30 a.m. and 39 houses are affected between George Street and Franklin Avenue, according to the MDC.

    It will take four to six hours to repair the break, so  the estimated completion time is between 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

    The water main at 151 Standish Street was shut down at 10:20 a.m  and service was restored at 12:45 p.m. Forty-one houses were affected between George Street and Franklin Avenue.

    Twenty-four Connecticut Water Company customers were affected by the break in South Windsor, but water has since been restored and Beelzebub Road has reopened.

    Police Chief Matthew Reed Tweeted that it will take about two more hours to repair the road, which would be around 3:30 p.m.

    Eric Livasch, a South Windsor resident, said he heard a couple of big booms when the water main broke early this morning.

    When he looked out of his window, he saw gallons of water rushing down the road.

    "I saw some cop cars out and it was pretty slick on the roads," Livasch said.

    Reed said the rain yesterday followed by the sudden drop in temperature likely caused the break.

    "I don't know how quickly that cold penetrates into the ground, but whatever it is, it's enough to cause these old pipes to rupture," Reed said.

    That water is now a sheet of ice and there are cracks in the pavement.

    "It certainly makes travel around here hazardous for the workers who showed up here," Reed said.

    Officials said the road will remain closed for the better part of the day while crews make repairs and work to fully restore water pressure levels.

    "They have to locate the source of the ruptured main and then the road has been damaged quite a bit," Reed said.

     

    The ages of the mains that broke today vary greatly. The main on Forest Drive in Newington was installed in 1977, according to the MDC.

    The West Hartford main was installed in 1926.

    The 8-inch water main on Victoria Road in Hartford was installed in 1915.

    The 6-inch water main at 151 Standish Street in Hartford was installed in 1898.