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Water from broken pipes floods homes

September 25, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

A broken pipe underneath Jonathan Street disrupted water service for dozens of customers and flooded some basements Sunday, Hagerstown City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman said.

According to Zimmerman, 50 to 100 customers lost water service from about 6:30 a.m., when the break was reported, until about 3:30 p.m., when crews restored water access. Even more customers' service temporarily was affected, as crews first tried to identify the source of the problem, he said.

"There was water pressure lost to a lot of areas in the north," side of the city, Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said. The broken section of pipe was about 15 feet long, Bruchey said.

The break caused flooding of up to one foot of water in nearby homes on the west side of the street, Zimmerman said. The city will work with those residents to address cleanup, he said.

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"When the water main broke, it did heave up the sidewalk, and it did flood some basements. I'm not sure how many," Zimmerman said.

According to Zimmerman, crews from both the city's water and sewer departments responded to the scene just north of North Avenue. He said he was not sure how many people worked Sunday or how much the repairs and cleanup would cost.

The 16-inch pipe that broke was installed in the 1940s, Zimmerman said.

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