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Water main breaks in Americus

December 2, 2003

Americus-- A major water main in downtown Americus bursts, pouring hundreds of thousands of gallons of water into the streets.

Crews were still making repairs Tuesday morning, after the water main that runs beneath Barlow Street broke around dinner time Monday night. Crews worked all night long to contain the water flow, replacing the 30-year-old pipe around four Monday morning.

It's not clear just how much water was lost. Public Works Director Jess Grace says, "It's really hard to tell right now. The water plant will give us a spike reading tomorrow. We do know we drained one tank which is about 300,000 gallons and almost drained another tank which is almost same amount."

The Public Works Director suspects there was some stress on the line that over time caused the break. There was no damage to nearby homes, and residents did not complain of lost water flow.

Posted at 4:13 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com