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March 27, 2014

Broken main creates 20-foot gush

Third Street rupture fixed within hours

A water main break on Third Street in Logansport sent water gushing high into the air late Wednesday afternoon.

Logansport Municipal Utilities Superintendent Paul Hartman said a 12-inch main beneath Third Street between Ottawa Street and Tacoma Avenue broke at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Crews from LMU were able to repair the break by about 9:30 p.m., Hartman continued. The roughly 9-by-12-foot hole around it was filled by about 11 p.m. Asphalt will be applied when the temperature allows.

Hartman added other parts of the road will likely have to be repaired in the future, as the water that escaped from the main could cause it to buckle.

It's difficult to tell exactly what caused the break, Hartman said, adding that he assumes it was thawing temperatures creating ground movement. He added the main appeared to have been leaking for a while, as much of the soil surrounding the break had been caved away by the water.

"Once it blew through the pavement, it blew sky high," Hartman said. He estimated the spray shot up about 20 feet from the ground.

Hartman said he was thankful for the assistance from the Logansport Police Department, Cass County Sheriff's Department and Cass County Highway Department, who helped block the road as LMU workers conducted the repair.

Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or mitchell.kirk@pharostribune.com. Follow him: @PharosMAK

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