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Cause Of Water Main Break Undetermined

August 11th, 2011 by WCBC Radio

72 hours after the second water main break on Bedford Street- and Cumberland crews and staff are still trying to determine exactly what caused the problem. The water main that burst late Monday afternoon, ruptured lateral water sewer lines to residences in the immediate area of Independence Street- however they have now been repaired according to  acting city administrator Jeff Rhodes. A 24-inch main valve purchased from a Philadelphia supplier arrived late Tuesday afternoon and was installed by 9 p.m., Emergency streets repairs are also underway by Belt Paving Inc., at Bedford Street between Independence Street and Henderson Avenue although Bedford Street remains closed to traffic. The McMullen Bridge remains open to traffic. Preliminary estimated indicated an estimated 4-6 million gallons water was lost when the main burst and before the system could be shut down by city employees. The location is 50 feet away from the site were the 24-inch main burst on July 6, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages to the Bedford, Frederick and Decatur streets area.  Rhodes said while they believe they know the cause of the problem, they are uncertain as to why it has occurred twice in the past month at the same location…


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