AUSTIN -- Repairs continue along a broken water main in North Austin.
Crews are working to dig up a portion of Brentwood Street. They have to tear it apart to get to the broken main. They've been slowed down by gas lines that also run underneath the street. Crews had to stop at one point Wednesday morning when they hit that gas line. It caused a small leak in the area.
The eight-inch water main broke around 2:30 a.m. and water gushed out. The force was so strong it ripped apart the pavement. Some of the pavement shot across the yard of a nearby home and went through the windows. Water also got inside the house.
Austin Water officials say the water mains in the Brentwood community are old. They are cast-iron systems that are in the process of being replaced. This isn't the first break in the neighborhood.
“I think we've had a lot. There was one on North Loop. There was one right down here on Woodrow a couple of weeks ago, so I think our neighborhood needs some help,” recalled resident Pat Bancroft. “Unless they really dig up the street and replace the whole thing, there's always a possibility I guess that it'll happen again.”
Until repairs are complete water service will remain shut off to customers along Brentwood Street from Woodrow to Yates and up a couple of blocks to Redlands Street. The nearby school is not impacted.
Austin Water spokesman Jason Hill says water service should be restored by noon on Wednesday. Crews will then fill the hole in the street and complete the road work afterward.