Water Main Break Turns Downtown Street into A River

A big water main break this afternoon in downtown Wichita Falls turns a street into a river, and thousands of gallons of water wash away before crews could get the water shut off.
It happened around 1:30 p.m. Friday on 7th Street.
Mechell Dixon was at the scene.
I understand this was a major water main break.

Wichita Falls water distribution supervisors say 30,000 to 50,000 gallons of water spewed from that leak.
In fact, there was so much water bubbling from the broken water line 7th Street between Scott and Indiana looked like it had a river running through it.
After crews shut off the water and it drained from the break site officials were able to see the magnitude of the damage caused by the leak.

"We have a 12 inch cast iron line that runs through here that blew out. You can look up and down this street... this whole block  has got a sign of water and mud all up and down this whole street," says John Bunch, a supervisor for Wichita Falls Water Distribution Department.

According to officials, the broken line buckled half a block of asphalt on 7th Street.
That street is now closed between Scott and Indiana while crews make repairs and officials say it could reopen as early as 9 p.m. or as late as Saturday morning.

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