Update: One water main break repaired, other still being worked on


By Travis Kellar - tkellar@timesleader.com and Melanie Mizenko - mmizenko@timesleader.com



Main Street in Dupont is blocked off due to a water main break, which caused a Pittston Area school to close Tuesday.


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Crews work on a water main break on Main Street in Dupont Tuesday.


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DUPONT — Crews fixed one water main break Tuesday night and continued to work into the overnight hours on another.

Pennsylvania American Water spokeswoman Susan Turcmanovich said the depth of the hole in the area of the break is making repairs difficult. Turcmanovich said an 8-inch and a 10-inch main broke at approximately 9 a.m. Tuesday morning.

By 9:30 p.m. Tuesday night, the 8-inch break was repaired.

“We anticipate completing repairs on the broken 10-inch main overnight (into Wednesday) and restoring service to all customers,” Turcmanovich said.

A water tanker is available for customers in a parking lot at the intersection of Main and Stanton streets. Turcmanovich said approximately 20 customers have been affected by the breaks.

“We are working on making conditions safer to make those repairs,” she said. “The Office of Surface Mining is on site investigating if these breaks were caused by a mine subsidence.”

In the collapse, a sewer line was also hit, Borough Manager Patricia McDonald said.

“There are only two houses affected (by the sewer line break),” McDonald said.

State Route 2035 — Main Street — from the Pittston Bypass to the railroad tracks has been closed, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation spokesperson Michael Taluto said.

Taluto confirmed that the road will remain closed into Wednesday afternoon.

“(The closure) is up to the utilities,” Taluto said.

The main breaks caused an early dismissal of students at the Pittston Area Primary Center.

Main Street in Dupont is blocked off due to a water main break, which caused a Pittston Area school to close Tuesday.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_Sink-hole-6.jpgMain Street in Dupont is blocked off due to a water main break, which caused a Pittston Area school to close Tuesday. Submitted photos

Crews work on a water main break on Main Street in Dupont Tuesday.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_sink-hole-2-6.jpgCrews work on a water main break on Main Street in Dupont Tuesday. Submitted photos

By Travis Kellar

tkellar@timesleader.com and Melanie Mizenko

mmizenko@timesleader.com

Reach Travis Kellar at 570-991-6389 or on Twitter @TLNews Reach Melanie Mizenko at 570-991-6116 or on Twitter @TL_MMizenko

Reach Travis Kellar at 570-991-6389 or on Twitter @TLNews Reach Melanie Mizenko at 570-991-6116 or on Twitter @TL_MMizenko

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