Crews repair damage from broken Yorktown water main, Route 35 reopens

A 12-inch water main located underneath Route 35 between Greenwood Street and Quaker Church Road burst around 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

News 12 Staff

Jul 17, 2023, 9:57 AM

Updated 277 days ago

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Route 35 in Yorktown has reopened after a water main break cut the water supply to nearly everyone living in the town.
A 12-inch water main located underneath Route 35 between Greenwood Street and Quaker Church Road burst around 12:30 p.m. Sunday.
Water gushed down busy Route 35.  "There was crazy flooding, the entire street, you couldn't see much blacktop at all," says Jamison Embury, of Yorktown.
Crews worked for hours cutting into the concrete and blacktop to get to the busted pipe then continued working below ground level. 
Since the break happened on a Sunday when everything is closed, it took until early this morning to get all the materials needed to fix the roadway. 
The Monday morning rush hour traffic had to be diverted onto side streets, which was a bit tricky for the larger trucks to fit through.      
But once the blacktop had cooled enough for cars to travel over it and the sweepers brushed away the last bit of debris, the road reopened a little after 8 a.m..
"They got this job done in record time working with adverse conditions, the heat, the roadway," says Yorktown Supervisor Tom Diana.
Yorktown officials say water could be discolored. They saythat should improve as the water department will be flushing the pipes, and they advise running cold water until that color clears.


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