RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Public utilities crews are still dealing with a water main break at the intersection of Jefferson Davis Highway and Summer Hill Avenue in South Richmond.
It started around 4 a.m. And water flowed onto these streets for nearly four hours. Crews were dealing with a unique situation. When they first got to the scene, they realized this was not just a break, but what public utilities describes as a total blow-out
"Our crews were immediately dispatched, but because of the amount of water that was coming out, we determined that we were going to need the proper equipment, so we had to go to our warehouse, get that, get it back out here so that we could make the necessary repairs," said Angela Fountain with the Richmond Department of Public Utilities.
Fountain says the crew knew where to find the valve for the six-inch pipe, but was held up by so much water and mud.
"It made it a little tricky to pinpoint the valve and actually shut it off," she said.
For nearly four hours water flooded across Summer Hill Avenue and seeped out onto Jefferson Davis Highway, creating a traffic nightmare.
The busy road, which locals call "The Pike" was shut down through the first part of morning rush hour.
"It stay busy a lot, people out here they catch the bus and something like that, and Mr. Sub, they stay busy too," said Cassie Lewis. She lives just around the corner and couldn't believe what she was seeing when she first saw our report on this morning's news.
"I said wait a minute, hold on, when I saw the map...I said I know that street, and it's right close to home," she said. "You gotta watch these roads sometimes because you never know what's going to happen."
Only a few homes were without water--but they were quickly transferred to a different supply line.