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Roadwork June 2015 - Photo: Discover Ferndale

Late Night Water Main Rupture

Residents reported noticing a drop in their water pressure about 1am. As a result, city public works staff have been out most of the night working to restore service.

The city reported this morning, June 15th, that a “deep waterline on Main Street at Washington Street” ruptured. This cause water customers to be without service in the Poplar Drive, Poplar Place, Tamarac Drive neighborhoods (see map below).

The city also warned, “Depending on the extent of the excavation area, traffic on Main Street may be impacted, as well.” As of 8:45am traffic was reduced to a single alternating lane.

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Scene of the water main rupture repair work and traffic revision. Photo: Discover Ferndale

The city’s most recent forecast for resuming water service in these neighborhoods is “several hours” as they are waiting on equipment to be delivered.

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Update 2:45pm
The hole has been filled and traffic is flowing normally.

Update 1:30pm
The city reports that the fix has been made and water service will be restored by “slowly bringing the water back on to make sure the repair holds.” Traffic will be restored to two lanes after back-filling the hole has been completed.

Update 11am
From the city:

We now have safe access to the pipe (it is 12 feet down) and we are working to repair it. If all goes well, we hope to start restoring water in the next 2-3 hours.

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