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UPDATE: Issue with trace wire leads to puncturing of water line Monday Featured

Traffic moves slowly through water after a line break at East Logan and South Exchange on Monday. Traffic moves slowly through water after a line break at East Logan and South Exchange on Monday. Terry Ison.

Repairs are complete after a water line in south Emporia was punctured before noon Monday.

City crews wrapped up work on a ten-inch line shortly before 3:00 pm

Underground Utilities Supervisor Mike Dvorak says a Westar Energy crew was excavating near East Logan and South Exchange when some equipment struck a 10-inch line. Crews shut off the intersection as they made repairs.

For its part, Westar maintains the line was not properly marked.  Dvorak confirms this was the cause and attributes the mismarking of the line to a trace wire not operating properly.

Dvorak adds, this could have been the result of the wire either shifting or breaking.

About 20 nearby households were affected. Early indications are there was no impact on Logan Avenue School two blocks to the east.

2:30 pm Monday: Repairs continue at Logan and Exchange after water main punctured; Westar says line was improperly marked

Repairs continue after a water line in south Emporia was punctured before noon Monday.

Underground Utilities Supervisor Mike Dvorak says a Westar Energy crew was excavating near East Logan and South Exchange when some equipment struck a 10-inch line. Crews have shut off the intersection as they make repairs.

For its part, Westar maintains the line was not properly marked. The city is working to confirm whether the line was properly marked or not.

About 20 nearby households are affected. There is no word on whether the outage affects the Historic Richard Howe Farmstead across the street. Early indications are there was no impact on Logan Avenue School two blocks to the east.

Stay with KVOE and KVOE.com for updates.

1:30 pm Monday: Repairs underway after Westar Energy crew hits 10-inch water line in south Emporia

Emporia's Underground Utilities Department is busy fixing a water main puncture from Monday morning.


Department supervisor Mike Dvorak says a Westar Energy crew was excavating near East Logan and South Exchange when some equipment struck a 10-inch line. Crews have shut off the intersection as they make repairs.

Currently, there is no word on how many nearby households are affected or whether the outage affects the Historic Richard Howe Farmstead across the street. Early indications are there was no impact on Logan Avenue School two blocks to the east.

Stay with KVOE and KVOE.com for updates.

Photos by Chuck Samples/KVOE News

Photos by Terry Ison

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