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Water Main
Oddly enough, this post involves a street casualty as well, but in my case, the street itself was the casualty.

Yesterday at roughly 4pm, I was contemplating starting the laundry before the return of the rest of my family from Dallas. I heard an odd rumbling noise and attributed it to a passing jet. About 10 or 15 minutes later, I noticed a commotion out in the street. I went outside to find the scene that you see in the photo. A neighbor told me that they heard the rumbling as well and investigated. They saw water seeping out of the street and called the water department. They said that standing on the street felt like an earthquake. A passing car finally caused the street to collapse and the water started to gush out.

We’ve had a leak a couple houses down from the water main break that the city has determined is a spring and not city water. Apparently, they test for chlorine to differentiate the two. It’s hard to tell if the ground water from the spring contributed to the break or not. The consensus seems to be that the water main system is old and needs replacing. I also heard someone mention that my neighborhood has particularly high water pressure in the mains. The crews finished the repair around midnight last night. We were without water for the entire repair. So much for the laundry.

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