Crews re-open road after water main break

By Gene Petriello - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -  West Leigh Street, not far from I-95 and Belvidere re-opened around 10:00 p.m. Tuesday after a water main break shut it down all day.

Crews worked hard to repair a 15-foot section of pipe on a water main break in Richmond in the 500 block of West Leigh Street near Belvidere Street. At one point, authorities said there were 14 customers without water but no businesses were impacted.

The initial finding is that temperature changes in the pipes played a role in the break, which occurred around 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Water swallowed up the streets, partially submerging bikes on the side of the road and some of the water even spilled out onto I-95.

Corinne Murphy, who lives nearby, snapped some quick pictures of the mess. "I woke up and I thought I heard rain outside and I went outside and there was a river running right below my window!"

The problem caused the road to buckle and break into chunks of pavement.

For about two hours, crews worked to shut off the water. For about 20 minutes, service was shut off to the medical building next to the break. But things are back to normal there now.

"We are the second oldest city in the nation and so a lot of times because our infrastructure is so old, it breaks," adds Fountain.

Fountain says the warm days and cold nights may have played a role, too.

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