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Downtown water main fixed

Repairs are now completed on a downtown water main that had been causing problems since Monday.

Underground Utilities Supervisor Gary Sadowski says roughly 20 customers along 10th Avenue from Mechanic to Merchant had their service restored Wednesday afternoon.

 

The four-inch line began failing in extreme cold Monday. Crews decided to wait until temperatures warmed Tuesday, but couldn't find the source of the leak until Wednesday morning.

Water service was shut off for much of Tuesday for those affected and again Wednesday once the leak was found. Traffic was shut down from Commercial to Merchant both days. It was also shut down in the 10 block of West Ninth as water from the leak poured down an alley, covering both the alley and a significant part of Ninth between Commercial and Merchant before melting Wednesday.

12:15 pm: Leak found, repairs begin

Repairs are now underway after a downtown Emporia water main started leaking in extremely cold conditions Monday.

Underground Utilities Supervisor Gary Sadowski tells KVOE News crews worked most of Tuesday and into Wednesday morning before finding the leak just east of Merchant Street in the 10 block of West 10th.

Sadowski says water service is now shut down on 10th from Mechanic to Merchant. Traffic was shut down virtually all day from Commercial to Merchant on Tuesday and will remain closed until the leak is given a temporary patch.

10 am: Leak source not yet discovered

Work continues on -- and under -- a downtown Emporia street after a water main started leaking in extremely cold conditions Monday.

Underground Utilities Supervisor Gary Sadowski tells KVOE News crews worked most of Tuesday to find the source point of a leak in the 10 block of West 10th but were unable to do so.

Crews turned on the water for roughly 20 customers affected to help find the source of the leak.

Sadowski says water service will be shut down on 10th from Mechanic to Merchant once the leak has been found. Traffic was shut down virtually all day from Commercial to Merchant on Tuesday and will remain closed until the leak is found and given a temporary patch.

The four-inch line in question begain showing signs of failure Monday. Crews waited to start repair work until Tuesday morning because of subzero temperatures.

Underground Utilities crews were also called out to a second location, Ninth just east of Sylvan, for a reported water main break Wednesday morning. Sadowski says that was determined as a residential pipe break not involving a city water main.

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