UPDATE: Two water main breaks in Richmond's Northside

By Gene Petriello - bio | email
Posted by Iva Radman – email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The intersection of Matthews Street and Valley Road in Richmond's Northside is closed because of a water main break. Crews are working to repair it and said that repairs may take until 6 p.m. tonight.

Matthews Street is closed from First & Trig all the way to Valley Road.  However, it is not a heavily traveled road.  Water service has not been affected.

There was a second water main break at Ellen Road and The Boulevard near The Diamond. A sleeve was put on the crack and service was not interrupted.  As of 2 p.m. today, the hole in the road still needs to be patched up.

But if that hadn't worked, crews would have had to shut off water to several businesses in the area.

Dozens and dozens of dogs at Diamond Dog House and they were looking at a potentially big problem: no water!

"The city has given us enough notice. We have filled up 10 of our baby pools inside with ice and water. And we've filled up all the bath tub, drink water for all the bowls," says Dodie Lynch, with Diamond Dog.

Public utilities says the pipe here is a cast iron pipe, installed in the 1960's, one they say is not considered a particularly old pipe.

But it's one that Bill's Barbeque is certainly considering an potential inconvenience.

"We have to lock our doors. We can't serve any more customers which is going to cost us money. And, in this economy, we could definitely use the money," says David Caudle with Bill's BBQ.

Just one hour earlier, another water main pipe completely blew out, meaning part of the pipe is gone. This pipe was also cast iron, installed sometime before 1935.

This pipe likely washed away because of corrosion, since it was so old. It was on schedule to be replaced.

While its unknown how long the clean up will take, there are two separate crews working on each problem, so that won't delay the process.

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