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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Water Main Bursts, Floods Homes

Two water mains burst in Lemont on Wednesday morning, temporarily flooding a section of the village and leaving about 20 residents without water.

The first main, a six-inch pipe on Matilda Avenue, broke at around 5 a.m. The second, a 12-inch pipe on First Avenue, broke about a half-hour later, according to Garry Williams, College Township public works director.

Crews from the public works department were able to isolate the leaks by 6 a.m., but not before a large volume of treated, potable water rushed down through the Walnut Grove Development and across Pike Street, Williams said.

Williams said the leaks had caused “significant” damage. The leak flooded one area home, washing out the landscaping and spilling some water into the house, he said.

“I’m going to be working with them to get their property fixed up and cleaned up,” he said.

About 20 residents, all on First Avenue near Nixon Drive, were without running water until the pipes could be fixed. Williams expected that to happen by the end of the day Wednesday.

The accident was caused by a false reading at the Struble Road storage tank facility, which allowed two booster pumps to turn on at the same time, causing a spike in pressure in the distribution system, Williams said.

“We’re currently making adjustments to keep that from happening again,” he said.

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