GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - A broken water main Wednesday morning affected more than 80 homes in a Grand Rapids neighborhood.
There was concern the broken pipe may not be fixed for several days, as crews did not have in stock an atypical part. But crews repaired it Thursday morning and restored the residents' water service. A boil water advisory remains in effect from Adams Street north to Hall Street and Plymouth Avenue west to Slyvan Avenue. There is still some work to be done in the area during the next few days, officials said Thursday.
The pipe burst around midnight Tuesday near Adams Street and Gladstone Drive SE, a resident told 24 Hour News 8.
The concrete on the road and sidewalk collapsed above the pipe. Water gushed onto neighborhood roads and into at least six homes. So much water spilled from the break that it froze into ice about eight inches thick in the area.
A large tree then sunk and tipped onto some utility wires and a natural gas line, which ruptured.
"When I looked out of the window, I knew it hadn't fallen over. I could see that it had actually sunk in the ground," said resident Henry Wilson. "It was something different."
At least one home lost electricity due to the downed wire. Some residents chose to temporarily leave.
The break is the largest the city has seen in six years. That main is about 30 inches in diameter. Several other mains broke Wednesday, and only 6 inches in diameter.
City officials say the main was installed during the 1950s, and that's not old enough to cause worry.
"In the city, that's about average," said Wayne Jernberg, assistant manager of the Grand Rapids water system.
Jernberg said the city doesn't get concerned until pipes are about 100 years old. But weather along with wear and tear could have contributed to the break.
"There might have been some fatigue in the pipe as well, but at this point, I'll chalk it up to frost," said Jernberg.
Contractors were brought in Wednesday to help with cleanup and repairs because the City did not have all the necessary equipment.
The loss of water service came on a day that going without a hot shower is unpleasant.
"I bought $40 worth of water to see me through the next couple of days and then we'll shower with friends," said Ann Layton, who was among those affected by the water main break.
Affected residents can call the City of Grand Rapids Customer Service Information Center at 616.456.3000 for more information.
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