POINT PLEASANT —Thursday morning some residents in the City of Point Pleasant were surprised to find themselves without water.
Equally surprised were city officials due to an accidental mainline water break which occurred when personnel with the West Virginia Division of Highways were core drilling for a future bridge replacement project.
According to Mayor Brian Billings, the drilling hit an eight-inch cast iron line buried around 12-feet deep. This break interrupted water service to several customers south of 12th Street as well as out to W.Va. 2 North on Ripley Rd. to the area of Steinburgen Hill. This includes Highland Ave., Kingtown and Neal Rd. and possibly others within the city limits.
The city was able to contact contractor Mike Enyart and Sons who worked on the North Point Pleasant Drainage Project to come to the area with its specialized equipment. As of Thursday evening, crews were working to vacuum the water out of the area so the pipe could be repaired.
Crews from the water and sewer department with the City of Point Pleasant were called off of their regular duties to work on the leak as well and remained on the scene at press time. Some work from city crews was required at the intersection at 6th and Viand streets, causing some interesting maneuvering by motorists this afternoon as well.
It’s estimated no more than 250 customers were being affected by the mainline water leak though one of those customers was the Mason County Courthouse.
Billings said this was simply an accident and the state would be paying for the repairs and the expense of calling in the special contractor. As of press time Thursday, there was no time given for restoration of water service in those affected areas though crews were working as fast as possible.
The bridge being replaced is just past McDonalds near the intersection of 6th Street and W.Va. 2.
More on this story as details become available.
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