Water main breaks force familes from Woodbury homes


Water service may not be restored until Monday for some residents of Woodbury.

At least five water main breaks throughout the city have left roughly 50 homes without water, according to the Pioneer Press. In order to make repairs, water systems on both public and private properties had to be shut down. One of the breaks occurred in the City Walk area, with businesses, townhomes and condos. WCCO reported that the Washington County Sheriff’s Office began getting calls from residents about the water main break early Sunday. The fire department discovered major flooding in the apartment complex.

The city blames the problems on a malfunction in their control systems, which "could have lead to a high-pressure situation," Woodbury's public works director Klay Eckles told the newspaper. The city is expected to have four of the five breaks repaired by late Sunday. The fifth and "most complicated" break, under Lake Road, may take longer.

KSTP reported that the service disruption did not affect the city's water quality and it remains safe. KARE reported that the Red Cross was providing assistance to as many as 50 families forced out of their homes. The city says the service disruption did not affect the city's water quality and it remains safe.

The city is continuing to investigate possible leaks at more locations. Commuters can expect repairs and detours to slow Monday morning traffic in the area.

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