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Broken valve blamed for Valdosta water main leak

Water is pumped out of the back yard of one of the homes on Willow Wood Circle affected by the leaking water main Water is pumped out of the back yard of one of the homes on Willow Wood Circle affected by the leaking water main
Sheldon Irvin Sheldon Irvin
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

Members of the Valdosta Fire Department and the Valdosta Utilities Department responded to Willow Wood Drive around 5 a.m. Wednesday for reports of a water main break.

The utilities department confirmed shortly after arriving though that the leaking water was due to a rusty relief valve that had broken off of a 16 inch water main on the South side of the road near the intersection of Eager Road and Cheryl Road.

"From just lookin' at the part of it," explained Sheldon Irvin, Utilities Superintendent explained, "it just looked like it was old, had some rust, just wear and tear."

The broken relief valve resulted in storm water leaking from the main, which caused minor flooding in the yards of two homes on Willow Wood Circle that back up to Eager Road. A room in one of the homes was also flooded with ankle-deep water as a result of the leak.

Irvin said as soon as crews arrived on scene, they began working to help minimize the damage to the residents in the area.

"At that time, we already had crews in, we already had our [vacuum] truck in place. We had people gathering maps to get the location of the valves and we started there, workin' on the valves to try to get 'em shut off," Irvin noted.

When asked how often the utilities department checked the condition of relief valves, Irvin said he didn't know.

Water was shut off between Windemere Drive and Bud McCkey Circle around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.

 

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