Friday, December 17, 2010
Water service to businesses and residents in the area east of Douglas and Seneca has been restored, the Department of Public Works & Utilities announced Friday morning.
Service had been disrupted Thursday following an early-morning water main break.
The main break undermined the pavement near the intersection of Douglas and Handley. The hole will be filled and temporary pavement repairs will be made this afternoon. Douglas is expected to reopen to traffic by Saturday morning.
City crews will repair the planters, light posts and sidewalks damaged by the break. Permanent pavement repairs to the street will be made next spring.
The cause of the break was a connection failure between a 12-inch main and a 24-inch main. Cost for repairs has not been determined at this time.
December 16th, 2010
The water main broke, flooding the streets of Delano, and creating a large sinkhole at the intersection of Douglas and Handley.
Some businesses and residents in the Delano district were without water on Thursday.
"It could've been much, much worse. Thank God nobody was injured," said Michael Scanga, owner of the Bicycle X-Change. "We've got some wet bicycles and lots of muddy streets down here."
When the main water line broke around 12:30 Thursday morning, it forced the system to compensate and pump even more water. The cause of the break is a connection failure between a 12-inch main and a 24-inch main. Cost for repairs is not known at this time.
"There is extensive damage which may take some time to repair," said Joe Pajor of the Wichita Public Works & Utilities. "The immediate focus is restoration of water."
The main break created a sizable sinkhole that is affecting traffic. The intersection of Douglas and Handley is closed; traffic is limited east of Handley on Douglas and on Handley south of Douglas.
Pajor says he is not sure when water service will be restored but it may be later on Thursday.