February 6, 2009

Friday Headlines: City Declares Emergency After 42 Water Main Breaks

Posted in Arizona, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas at 2:32 pm by bengann

The Mayor of Warren, Michigan declared an emergency Thursday after 42 water mains broke this week, leaving city crews struggling to make repairs. The emergency declaration allows will allow the city to hire outside crews without the city council approval to fix the gushing breaks. The Mayor believes the cold weather is putting pressure on aging, decaying infrastructure causing the breaks.

The Mayor of Lancaster, Pennsylvania has compiled a list of 44 ready-to-go projects at a cost of $262 million in response to the pending economic stimulus legislation in Congress. The most expensive project proposed for funding is $70 million for the construction of an underground storage facility for overflow sewage.

A water main break Thursday afternoon in El Paso, Texas disrupted water service to some residents for eight hours, washing away plants and flooding front yards.

About 600 water customers in Marion, Ohio are under a boil water advisory after a 12-inch water main broke Wednesday evening. Under a boil advisory, water should be boiled for at least five minutes before drinking and cooking, or being used for oral hygiene.

A broken sewer line caused roads in Peoria, Arizona to close Friday morning. The break forced the closure of a busy intersection but fortunately caused no injuries.

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Brownstown Township, Michigan
Ely City, Minnesota
Willmar, Minnesota


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