Water main break in Ross knocks out service to 20 homes

Jeremy Boren
| Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, 10:00 a.m.

A 16-inch diameter water main broke under Reis Run Road in Ross early Friday closing a section of the road and interrupting water service to about 20 homes, West View Water Authority officials said.

The line break occurred about 4 a.m. Crews shut the water off by 5:30 a.m. It will take eight to 10 hours to restore water service to the affected homes on Reis Run, said Sharon Bruno, the authority's director of administration.

“This is what happens at this time of year. We try to minimize it as much as possible,” Bruno said. “With the icing conditions, it made it difficult to find the valve.”

The temperature early this morning was minus 2 degrees with a wind-chill factor that see-sawed between minus 5 and minus 15 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

Bruno said no private homes were damaged by water from the break, but a water authority service center on Reis Run was flooded. Authority crews are working in a hole in the road that's about five to six feet deep. Reis Run is closed to traffic near its intersection with Rochester Road.

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