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Water pipe breaks, floods Wright Road

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FRANK J. SCHULTZ
August 1, 2010
— A water main break flooded a section of Wright Road on Saturday morning, reducing water pressure across a large part of the cityís east and north sides.

City officials became aware of the breach around 9:15 a.m. They had isolated the break by closing valves about an hour later, said Dan Lynch, director of the cityís water utility.


The water spilled over the curbs, and officials closed Wright Road near Enterprise Drive.


Water utility director Dan Lynch estimated 500,000 gallons of water escaped.


Lynch expected that at least two lanes of the four-lane road would be open, with a bump, today.


Lynch said a 12-inch-diameter, dead-end pipe cracked down its length. The pipe Tís onto a 16-inch main that runs under Wright Road.


Crews were working to remove the damaged pipe and replace a section about 14 feet long.


The 12-inch pipe was installed years ago when plans called for an intersection at that point, about 500 feet south of Palmer Drive, Lynch said. That road was never built. The pipe had to be fixed because it supplies a fire hydrant.


The 16-inch main was installed in 1971, Lynch said.


Lynch said road repairs might take several weeks.



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