Video: Water Main Break Devours a Tree

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Yesterday, a 48-inch water main broke at Crittenden Drive and Eastern Parkway wreaking havoc on surrounding neighborhoods. According to the Louisville Water Company, the break has been isolated, but not before it tore through the ground, flooded the St. Joseph neighborhood, devoured a tree, and ruptured a gas line. Take a look at the video above.

From the LWC:

As a precaution, approximately 400 customers living near the break site are under a boil water advisory. The advisory is due to a loss of water pressure following the break. Customers living within the boil water advisory boundaries should bring all water used for consumption to a rolling boil for three minutes and do not use water in the refrigerator lines until water quality tests confirm the water is safe.

Louisville Water crews have begun to clean up the area near the break site and will inspect the pipe to begin repairs on Friday.

In July, Erik Weber warned us that our aging infrastructure is reaching a tipping point that will require significant maintenance improvements, exacerbated by the excess infrastructure required to build low-density suburbs. It seems these breaks are occurring incredibly often lately, with another break just a few days ago on Shelbyville Road in Eastwood.

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