Broken water main triggers flooding, sewer backup

3:50 PM, Jan 29, 2013   |    comments
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COON RAPIDS, Minn. - Residents of one city block in Coon Rapids are without water and sewer service after a major water main break late Monday.

Crews began repairs on the 10-inch cast iron pipe running underground near 111th Lane and Hanson Boulevard shortly before 7 a.m. Tuesday, but cleanup for residents will also be a serious matter. Up to seven homes suffered significant sewage backups after water pouring from the main flooded the neighborhood's sewer system.

Debris then got swept into a manhole.. creating the sewage backup.

No definitive word at this time on what caused the water main break, but our recent warmup is a likely culprit as the freeze/thaw cycle causes shifts in the ground that can break pipes.


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