Water Main Break Sends Water Soaring, Delays Traffic

By: David Norris Email
By: David Norris Email

COLLEGE STATION, Texas A water main break in College Station sent water soaring dozens of feet into the sky, and caused some traffic delays Wednesday morning.

Crews said a cap broke from an 18-inch water main that runs along University from Texas Avenue to Highway 6. The cap was buried with the water main along University just before Highway 6, about six feet underground. The cap, which weighs about 30 pounds, was pushed up from the ground into the air and landed in a grassy area about 20 feet away.

For more that two hours, water rocketed about 60 feet into the air. The geyser could be seen from blocks away.

Crews rushed to the scene, blocking off all eastbound traffic on University.

Nearby businesses News 3 spoke with said they weren't affected for the most part. Managers at a car wash just across the street from the break said the massive water loss didn't seem to slow them down.

Not every business was so lucky. Gary Arnold manages the Subway at University and Highway 6. He said city crews told him they had to cut the water to their business and the connected Exxon gas station off, and it wouldn't be turned back on until later that night. The water was turned on about an hour later, but by then, Arnold had already made plans to close for the day.

"I threw away 80 pieces of bread that I could have served for lunch time," said Arnold. "We started turning our equipment off and sent home employees for the day. One of them even went to another store to pick up hours that they were going to lose at this store."

The break was eventually capped off around 10:35 Wednesday morning.

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