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Leaky valve spills 10,000 gallons of water

August 12, 1999

Hagerstown Water Department workers were called out Thursday night to fix a leaky valve on a water main flowing under West Franklin Street.

The valve, which had deteriorated because of age, had been leaking slowly since Tuesday, according to Dave Shindle, city Water Department engineer and drought coordinator.

The problem area, near the Hagerstown Post Office, had been fixed earlier in the week, he said.

The leak reoccurred around 10:30 a.m. Thursday and was again repaired. The damaged section worsened throughout the day and a steady flow of water poured from it around 7:45 p.m.

Shindle estimates that 10,000 gallons of water was lost.

"It's a minor leak," he said. The water was flowing at about 5 gallons a minute, he said.

He said it would take about three hours to fix the leak.

A passing motorist noticed the problem Thursday evening and called Hagerstown City Police.

Police diverted traffic around the leak by reducing West Franklin Street to one lane for several hours.

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