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Two water mains break

January 28, 2000|By JULIE E. GREENE

Water to North End residents was cut off Friday night after two water mains broke due to freezing temperatures, according to the Hagerstown Water Department.

Affected neighborhoods included the Cathedral, Terrace and Oak Hill Avenue residential areas, said Mike Buhrman with the water department.

Those neighborhoods were expected to experience low water pressure until crews arrived on Northern and Pennsylvania avenues to turn off the water between 9 and 10 p.m.

Buhrman said it would probably take crews most of the night to repair the mains.

The shift in temperatures to below freezing caused the old pipes to burst, Buhrman said. The pipes in those areas date to the late 1960s and early 1970s.

The first main broke around 5 p.m. on Northern Avenue at the entrance to the Morris Frock American Legion post, he said.

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An hour later a main burst on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the Coffman Health Center, Buhrman said.

Buhrman said he was worried about the water freezing on the roads.

Friday's high was 25 degrees and temperatures were expected to drop as low as 5 degrees overnight, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Michelle Margraf.

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