Anne Arundel County crews repair water main break

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Tens of thousands of water customers in the Russett neighborhood of Anne Arundel County lost service for hours Friday [July3]. County officials said crews found the break around 2 a.m. Friday in a wooded area near Lost Creek and Bayou Bend boulevards.

Because the water didn't flow into the streets, it was difficult for crews to find the source of the problem. The 20-inch water main break occurred in three 20-foot segments and was caused by erosion along the Little Patuxent River bank, DPW officials said. The erosion washed away the protective soils around the pipe and exposed it to damage, sending about 1.5 million gallons of water into the river. Heavy equipment was brought in build an access road, make repairs to the pipe and restore the riverbank.

"The riverbank eroded apparently from the high storm events we've had over time, and ... it exposed about 60 feet of pipe, and when that got exposed, it floated and separated those joints, so three joints separated," Public Works Director Chris Phipps said.

About 30,000 customers were affected in the 20724 ZIP code, officials said.

The lack of water also affected area businesses, which posted signs explaining why they were not open. A Burger King restaurant brought in a water tanker so it could serve customers.

Laurel Park canceled simulcasts and live racing. Friday was to be the start of its summer racing season.

"Obviously, we're extremely disappointed that we won't be able to run our opening-day program and our first twilight program of the summer," Maryland Jockey Club President and General Manager Sal Sinatra said in a statement. "We were looking forward to a big day, a great crowd, and the start of an exciting summer program, but our first priority is the safety and health of our horses and our fans.

 

Source: WBAL TV