Water main break spills over 1 million gallons of water in Pawtucket

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WLNE) — Over one million gallons of water were spilled in Pawtucket because of a water main break early Thursday morning.

The 24-inch water main break flooded the area of Walcott Avenue at about 3 .a.m. The road was blocked off as police worked to get the water spill under control.

Crews were able to shut off water valves around the source of the break just before 5 a.m., and the flooding quickly subsided. Cleanup efforts got underway from there to take care of the remaining debris and mud.

“From that point on it’s pretty much cut the busted pipe out of the way and get the new one put in,” said Fred Ramos, the transmission distribution manager of the Pawtucket Water Supply Board, who added that the cost of the damages is likely over $100,000.

“There were about six inches of water on our street here in the middle of the night,” said Stephen Emet a nearby resident.

The flooding Thursday morning was so bad a Pawtucket fire truck got stuck in a sink hole that resulted from the burst, and one car even attempted to drive through the closed, underwater Walcott St.

The source of the water main break was next to the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church.

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation said all travel lanes on Interstate 95 north after exit 28 were shut down. This highway is now back open, said Rhode Island State Police.

Approximately 50 homes in the area are left without water. Ramos told ABC 6 News that water should be back on later in the day.

The cause of the break wasn’t immediately known.
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