Rotterdam

UPDATE: Boil water advisory lifted following Rotterdam water main break

A tractor-trailer parked along the street was partially swallowed after a sink hole opened in the area of the break, Collins said. The truck has since been removed and no injuries were reported.
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A tractor-trailer parked along the street was partially swallowed after a sink hole opened in the area of the break, Collins said. The truck has since been removed and no injuries were reported.

ROTTERDAM — A boil water advisory has been lifted after a water main break on Lawndale Avenue on Wednesday caused a large sinkhole that partially swallowed a semi-truck.  

Town Supervisor Mollie Collins said she was notified of the break around 4 a.m., but did not have a timeline for the repairs or a cause for the break. She said crews worked through the morning to locate the break and were in the process of making the repairs shortly before 11 a.m. 

“They were able to pump the water out of the hole so they were able to get in and do the repair work,” Collins said. “I would say it’s going along fine, however, anytime you have older infrastructure you have to be careful as you’re repairing one spot, you have to make sure the others are supported so there’s no other possible breaks or problems.”

Collins said she was not aware of any previous water main breaks in the area. 

The town notified residents of the break in a message posted to its website and Facebook page around 8:30 a.m.

“Water service will be interrupted for many area homes and businesses as the crews isolate the broken water main to make the necessary repairs,” the message reads. “Service interruption to these areas will likely extend well into the afternoon.”

Schenectady County Public Health Services issued a boil water advisory for residents, but the advisory was lifted at noon Wednesday.  

A semi-truck parked along the street was partially swallowed after a sinkhole opened in the area of the break, Collins said. The truck has since been removed and no injuries were reported.

A portion of Lawndale Avenue remains closed while crews work to make the necessary repairs.  

Contact reporter Chad Arnold at: 518-410-5117 or [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @ChadGArnold.  

 

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