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Water main break floods streets in South Boston

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Several different breaks under the sidewalk on both sides of North Main Street and in the center of the road spread water everywhere. / June 12, 2019
A water line break Wednesday morning at the intersection of Moore Street and North Main in South Boston sent water gushing into the street, forcing the closure of a short stretch of North Main.

South Boston Police, in tandem with the Halifax County Service Authority, closed North Main Street from Webster to Barbour as water spread from the leak. Workers also opened up fire hydrants a short distance from the main leak, spreading water throughout North Main.

Mark Estes, executive director of the Halifax County Service Authority, said from the scene that the flood seems to have been caused by a water main break, involving a cast iron line that probably was laid many decades ago. “My guess would be that it was put in in the ‘30s or ‘40s,” said Estes. “It would be 70 years old, I’d suspect.

“We won’t know [what caused the break] until we excavate and see what there is,” added Estes.

Water could be seen shooting up underneath the sidewalk on North Main and from the street itself. The flood covered the pavement but has not spread into adjoining properties, according to Estes.

The break occurred around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Estes said the HCSA has called the Miss Utility hotline to prepare for digging up the line, and the flow of water will be turned off, affecting service to an unknown number of customers in the area.

This story will be updated.

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