Water Main Break Shuts Down Part Of Centerville Main Street

Oct 24, 2019, 6:02 PM | Updated: 10:25 pm

CENTERVILLE, Utah — Crews were working to repair a section of road that was unexpectedly buckled by a significant water main break in Centerville.

City officials received a call around 5 p.m. Thursday about the line rupture and crews responded to the area near 1650 North Main Street.

Centerville Public Works director Randy Randall said it was a 10-inch line that broke, and it started spewing out about 6,000 gallons of water per minute before crews were able to shut off the main about 30 minutes later.

“The road’s broken up pretty bad and we’ve got to replace the road,” Randall said. “(It’s) just going to take a long time to get-r-done.”

Randall said the water main break cut water to 10 homes and service was expected to be restored by Friday morning.

Crews were expected to be working well into Friday to repair the section of Main Street.

Randall said the break was likely due to aging pipes and the rocky soil in which they are encased.

He said something similar unfolded in July a few blocks to the south.

“When we tried to get the rock out, it split underneath it and went the other way and went out like this,” Randall said while motioning with his hands to describe the July incident. “It didn’t tear up the road this much.”

Replacing the pipe was on the city’s master plan, according to Randall.

Randall said there was no damage to any of the houses, which left neighbors, like Dee Rigby, relieved.

“It’s just an accident, or like an accident — as long as they get it fixed, we don’t care,” Rigby said. “We’ll live with it. We’ll get over it.”

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Water Main Break Shuts Down Part Of Centerville Main Street