Coon Rapids water main fixed after thousands of gallons spill

11:32 PM, Jan 23, 2013   |    comments
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COON RAPIDS, Minn. - A broken water main that poured thousands of gallons of water into the city streets of Coon Rapids has been repaired.

Residents watched in awe Wednesday night as water spilled from a broken water main onto the corner of 122nd Ave NW and Partridge Street NW.

Water shot up as high as 25 feet in some areas. About 40 households went without water from just before 10 p.m. Tuesday until 5 a.m. Wednesday, according to Rick Bednar, utilities supervisor for Coon Rapids.

An 8-inch valve installed in the mid 90s is to blame, Bednar said. It already had rusty bolts and couldn't handle the freezing temperatures.

"Whenever you have cold weather, then warm, cold, warm, cold, the ground moves around a lot and everything starts shifting and that can cause something like this to fail," he said.

Bednar said the city tries to be proactive about replacing old valves but there are some things that they can't predict.

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