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Water main break floods Curry Road in Rotterdam

House, lawns damaged; crews work into night

March 29, 2013
Updated 10:49 p.m.
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Rotterdam Fire District 2 fire chief Andy Burke, makes his way to speak to a resident on Curry Road in Rotterdam, whose house is surrounded by water due to a water main break Friday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Rotterdam Fire District 2 fire chief Andy Burke, makes his way to speak to a resident on Curry Road in Rotterdam, whose house is surrounded by water due to a water main break Friday.

— At least one home was damaged and numerous properties lost water service after a large transmission line ruptured late Friday afternoon.

Town officials shut down a section Curry Road between Helderberg Avenue and Cedarlawn Avenue in the effort to fix the rupture, which sent water cascading down the major thoroughfare. Pools of water — some more than 6 feet deep — formed around where the 20-inch line broke just before the evening commute.

“We’re still having difficulty shutting the off the water,” Highway Superintendent James Longo said from the scene late Friday.

Longo wasn’t sure what caused the main to break, but said it’s among a long list of aging infrastructure in the town. He estimated the main, which feeds Water District 5, was likely put in decades ago.

About three homes sustained flooding from the broken main. Longo said the torrent buckled a cellar wall of one home, leaving its basement filled with water.

The break also caused parts of the sidewalk on Curry Road to buckle and washed out the lawn of one business. Longo said water service was also turned off for a number of businesses and residences between the railroad bridge and Helderberg Avenue, including Mallozzi’s banquet hall.

At the peak of the break, an estimated 120,000 gallons of water per hour were spilling down the street. Longo said the power of the transmission line led to some pretty quick flooding.

“When these things go pop, they come out of the ground like a geyser,” he said.

Town officials were unsure when Curry Road will be reopened. Longo said his crews had almost gotten the rupture isolated late Friday and anticipated the problem could be resolved by this morning.

“We’re going to work through the night,” he said.

 
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