Crews fix water main break that left 16 homes without water, two flooded
By RAECHEL DAWSON
Kirkland Reporter Reporter
December 21, 2012 · Updated 12:36 PM
Public works crews worked long into the night to repair a water main break that left 16 homes without water and two flooded.
The water main at the 11400 block of N.E. 90th St. was repaired between 2:30 and 3 a.m. Friday morning. But the break’s cause is still unknown.
Kirkland spokeswoman Marie Stake said Public Works crews are repairing the road this morning, which was dug up last night to access the break. Traffic is able to get by.
“Sometimes ‘time will tell’ as to the extent of damage to a road following a water main break,” Stake said.
Kirkland Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Haschak said Thursday night two houses were flooded- one with six inches, the other with 12-18 inches of water.
At 9:20 p.m. Thursday, police dispatch received calls from residents to report flooding in the street.
Haschak said water was coming up around both sides of the roads when firefighters arrived and they had to divert water from the street.
It took about 30 minutes to shut down the water main and finish pumping out the houses, he said.
Crews also woke up homeowners to alert them of the flooding and to make sure their homes weren’t damaged as well.
“Sometimes in these situations a water main break affects other homes when the line needs to be flushed to get the air out,” Stake said. “Such effects include ‘dirty water’ or changes in the pressure.”
Although the break is still under investigation, Haschak notes “apparently some work with the water system was being done earlier” on Thursday.
Residents who are experiencing issues can call the Public Works Maintenance Center at 425 587 3900.
The Reporter will update this story as more information becomes available.
Contact Kirkland Reporter Reporter Raechel Dawson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-822-9166 X5052.