Water main breaks: Why crews may not be able to fix pipes in your area right away

Posted on: 2:42 pm, February 11, 2014, by , updated on: 05:34pm, February 11, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY – A water main break in northeast Oklahoma City caused quite the headache for drivers Tuesday morning, not to mention safety risks for residents nearby.

Water filled the busy intersection at N.E. 14th St. and Lincoln Blvd., near OU Medical Center, affecting drivers and residents in the area.

Pamela Szeda said, “It’s been ongoing.”

Residents say water has been flooding the area since Friday.

Szeda said, “We’ve avoided using this intersection now even though we live in the neighborhood.”

With the cold temperatures, the water on the road could freeze, making it a hazard for drivers and pedestrians in the area.

Szeda said, “We just go around it because with the weather it could be really dangerous.”

ODOT sent trucks to get extra sand and salt on the roads to help clear any slick spots that formed as a result of the break.

According to the city’s utility department, they’ve responded to more than 75 water main breaks since last Thursday.

When temperatures start to fluctuate, the ground may shift and put stress on the pipes, causing them to break.

Those breaks create risks during this winter weather and create headaches for residents waiting for the problem to be fixed.

Szeda said, “It really surprised me because this is the main thoroughfare and the water has been moving through the neighborhood, down the streets.”

The city’s utility department said water main breaks are categorized into three level groups based on severity.

That’s why some breaks take longer to get fixed than others.

For any water emergencies, call the city’s hotline at (405) 297-3334.