A water main break on Clement Avenue Tuesday afternoon flooded yards and irritated homeowners.
The 6-inch water main ruptured at around 4:30 p.m. Water Superintendent Dave Jegabbi said crews planned to dig up and replace the broken section. He did not know the exact cause of the break but noted the pipes are probably at least 75 years old.
“This is the first failure we’ve had on this section on the main,” he said.
He estimated the fix would take five to eight hours.
The city plans to replace a neighboring section of the line on Clement between Booth and Ralph avenues, as well as part of Kent Avenue. There were three water main breaks in that area within a month last year, according to Jegabbi.
There are no plans to add this section of Clement to the work, Jegabbi said. The project has already gone out to bid and should be done by November.
Residents are upset over the poor condition of the road and pipes. Derek Ogden’s backyard shed was flooded, and he said the Water Department did not show up for an hour.
“We pay a lot of taxes here in the city and the response is awful,” he said.
Carol Stevens spent thousands of dollars last year on her house repairing damage caused by previous water main breaks. She said city officials need to fix the water main in this whole area and repair the crumbling street.
“They can’t keep patching it up every other day,” Stevens said.
Beatriz Aviles, who will have to replace soil that washed away, said the problems should have been addressed before now.
“Why do we have to spend our hard-earned money on stuff that should have been fixed in the first place?”