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Rupture sends about 50,000 gallons of water streaming across South Camino del Rio

8-inch pipe broke about 11:45 a.m. near Larry Valdez Way
Vehicles drive through several inches of water flowing across South Camino del Rio near Santa Rita Park on Tuesday after a break in an 8-inch water main that sent thousands of gallons onto the road. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

A broken water main sent an estimated 50,000 gallons of water streaming across South Camino del Rio on Tuesday in Durango, near Santa Rita Park.

The rupture occurred about 11:45 a.m. near Larry Valdez Way and South Camino del Rio. The leak had been isolated and stopped as of 1:30 p.m.

Water service was expected to be momentarily interrupted for some residents on the South Side of Durango while crews repaired the line, according to the city of Durango.

A break in an 8-inch water main sent thousands of gallons of water across South Camino del Rio near Santa Rita Park on Tuesday. (Courtesy city of Durango)

Crews remained at the scene until the water main could be repaired and water service was restored.

“A quick water break can take a couple hours,” said Jarrod Biggs, assistant director of utilities with the city of Durango. “With this one, we don’t have to dig into any asphalt, so I’m hopeful we’ll be able to get this done quickly.”

A break in an 8-inch water main sent thousands of gallons of water across South Camino del Rio near Santa Rita Park on Tuesday. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

Water infrastructure is especially vulnerable this time of year because of the freeze-thaw cycle, Biggs said.

“Particularly in November we tend to have a few more water breaks,” Biggs said.

Drivers, bikers and pedestrians were encouraged to exercise caution and follow all construction signage and flagger instructions.

Anyone with questions or concerns is asked to call the city of Durango Utilities Department at 375-4801. If residents cannot reach the city and they have an emergency, they can call dispatch at 385-2900.

njohnson@durangoherald.com

A break in an 8-inch water main sent thousands of gallons of water across South Camino del Rio near Santa Rita Park on Tuesday. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)
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