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Large Main Break in Big Spring Causes Road Closure

The City of Big Spring experienced a 20 inch water main break Tuesday, causing road closures in part of the city.

The City of Big Spring experienced a 20 inch water main break Tuesday, causing road closures in part of the city.

 

The water break happened on Virginia Avenue, between 16th and 17th Street, an area that was completely closed off to traffic Tuesday.

 

City officials said they were working to address the issue and asked residents to avoid the area.

 

“We have staff on site and they will remain on site until service is restored,” the city said in a statement. “You may experience some inconveniences such as no water, low water pressure, dirty water, or additional air in the water, etc.” 

 

Big Spring resident, Avanel Greenwood, woke up Tuesday morning to a completely flooded street.

 

“I got out and saw that water was bubbling up out of the street,” Greenwood said.

 

Her driveway is directly across Virginia Avenue, where the street caved in as a result of the water break.

 

“I'm trying to decide whether I can go to work this afternoon,” Greenwood said. “Someone is going to have to pick me up if I do because I can't back out into this.”

 

Her neighbor, Lloyd Duck, said the road closure was a complete inconvenience, and worries the cold temperatures could cause more water main breaks in the area.

 

“We are really worried about the rest of the pipes around here not having any water pressure or water flowing. It's going to freeze up in the pipes and cause more problems, more damage,” Duck said.

 

The city temporarily banned all non-essential water uses Tuesday, telling residents to avoid using water until the water breaks are fixed.  

 

Outside watering, washing vehicles, filling of swimming pools, flushing water lines, wetting ground for construction, or any other non-essential uses of water will be strictly prohibited during this time,” the city said.

 

But Duck said not having water was a big challenge for his family.

“You can't do anything. I can't do the dishes, can't flush the toilets, can't get the dogs water,” Duck said. “It's a real inconvenience.


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