Water main breaks in construction zone on MU property

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 | 1:06 p.m. CDT; updated 1:38 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, August 24, 2011

COLUMBIA—A break in a water main caused a 30- to 40-foot spurt of water in an MU construction zone on Tuesday night.

The break happened when the bank of an MU project excavation site caved in, pulling the 16-inch water main pipe with it, Water Distribution Supervisor Bill Strawn  said. Engineers were excavating a storm/sewer tunnel on Monk Drive east of the VA Hospital, though none were present from 6:40 to 7:40 p.m. Tuesday when the break happened, Strawn said.

A Columbia Water and Light crew responded to the break. The crew isolated the water between Hospital Drive and East Stadium Boulevard, Strawn said, so no one lost water. The road was already closed for construction.

Repairs, conducted by JCI Construction, were continuing today. It wasn't known yet whether the break damaged anything at the site.

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