Broken valve blamed for Valdosta water main leak - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

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.

 

Copyright 2014 WALB.  All rights reserved.

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Sanitary sewer extension could come to Shadowlawn area

    Sanitary sewer extension could come to Shadowlawn area

    Saturday, June 23 2018 7:06 PM EDT2018-06-23 23:06:54 GMT
    The sanitary sewer extension would cover 67 homes in the area. (Source: WALB)The sanitary sewer extension would cover 67 homes in the area. (Source: WALB)

    Community members from the Shadowlawn area met with city leaders to talk about a new sanitary sewer expansion plan.  The expansion plan would extend North on West Gordon Avenue, to South on Shadow-Lawn Drive, then east on West-town Road to the railroad tracks off of West Waddell Avenue.  City leaders said this project is long overdue for the homeowners in this area.  

    More >>

    Community members from the Shadowlawn area met with city leaders to talk about a new sanitary sewer expansion plan.  The expansion plan would extend North on West Gordon Avenue, to South on Shadow-Lawn Drive, then east on West-town Road to the railroad tracks off of West Waddell Avenue.  City leaders said this project is long overdue for the homeowners in this area.  

    More >>
  • DOCO health department hosts back to school immunizations

    DOCO health department hosts back to school immunizations

    Saturday, June 23 2018 6:58 PM EDT2018-06-23 22:58:30 GMT
    Vaccinations are required for 3, 4 and 5-year-old, and children entering the 7th grade. (Source: WALB)Vaccinations are required for 3, 4 and 5-year-old, and children entering the 7th grade. (Source: WALB)

    Some folks in Albany already got a jump start on their back to school preparations.  The Doughtery County Health Department held their back to school immunization clinics Saturday. 

    More >>

    Some folks in Albany already got a jump start on their back to school preparations.  The Doughtery County Health Department held their back to school immunization clinics Saturday. 

    More >>
  • How to avoid mosquitoes this summer

    How to avoid mosquitoes this summer

    Friday, June 22 2018 10:15 PM EDT2018-06-23 02:15:11 GMT
    Mosquitoes on glass (Source: CDC)Mosquitoes on glass (Source: CDC)

    As the weather heats up and people begin to enjoy their summer, everyone wants to prevent mosquitoes from ruining their summertime fun.

    More >>

    As the weather heats up and people begin to enjoy their summer, everyone wants to prevent mosquitoes from ruining their summertime fun.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly