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End of water main breaks; water shutoff to some homes

Water was shut off this morning at the end of Coho Drive in the Village Grove neighborhood after the thrust block blew off the exposed end of a water main, sending water gushing onto the street.

The end of the water main was exposed by construction workers digging a trench to the main for the Carter Avenue sports fields. A thrust block is a concrete cap at the end of a water pipe that is held in place partly by soil pressure.

At least two homes reported having no water. Homes in the Harbor Ridge mobile home neighborhood reportedly lost water too; Dale Whitmill said his water was off part of the morning.

Venita Iverson was doing a load of laundry in her home at the end of Coho Lane about 9:20 a.m. when the water stopped.

"I thought, 'I can't believe they turned our water off and didn't tell us,'" she said. She went outside and saw "water gushing everywhere" and a worker saying, "This isn't supposed to be happening."

Iverson called town hall, the sheriff's department and the town water department.

A worker said he and another man were digging at the site so a valve could be put on the pipe. The pipe end "blew off," he said, and water quickly overflowed the 4- to 5-foot hole. Town workers soon arrived and shut the water off at the main.

At 4 p.m., town workers were still repairing the broken main and Iverson reported she was still without water.

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