Callers to 99.5 Drum FM reported water pooling ast the intersection of Highway 10 East and 11 Street next to the cemetery entrance.
- Category: Local News
- Written by Bob Brown
Update, 4:00 p.m.: Darryl Drohemerski says the water main was repaired around 3:15 p.m.and crews are working to fill in the hole and have the road repaired by 4:30 p.m.
Drumheller town crews knew they would be in for a busy day first thing this morning.
A water main appears to have broken on 11 St, SE just up the hill from the entrance to the Drumheller Cemetery.
99.5 Drum FM received the call a little before 8:00 a.m. and the water was already flowing fast down the street and overwhelming the storm drains just south of the highway 10 intersection.
Darryl Drohomerski is the Director of Infrastructure Services for the Town of Drumheller.
"We don't dig until we have line locates and we make sure that ATCO and Telus and Shaw and everyone else has no lines in the area where you want to excavate," he explained. "We usually have a fairly good idea where it's coming from, then once you've got the line locattion clearances, then you can go down and start excavating to find the leak."
The water will have to be shut off for many Greentree residents while the work proceeds, but Drohomerski didn't think it would be for too long.
"Normally, these things are a pretty quick fix, so I would imagine they might be out of water for an hour or two while we get it repaired, but I honestly don't know the extent of the leak at this point."
"We're going down, there, to probably about eight feet or so to get to the water main," he noted. "Once you get down there you can identify what the issue is, whether it's a pinhole or a crack, and then do the appropriate repair to make sure you get the water back on."
A broken water main is responsible for a drop in water pressure in Drumheller's Greentree neighborhood this morning.
It appears to be coming from in front of a home several houses up the street. Town crews are on the scene and looking for a valve to turn off the water prior to repairs.
Those are expected to take place today.
Any traffic going through the area is advised to slow down and watch for workers.