Photos: Water main break causes icy patch on Norfolk road

Photos: Water main break causes icy patch on Norfolk road

Credit: Jason Walsh, 13News

A truck is towed from Tidewater Drive.

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by 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on January 23, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Updated Saturday, Nov 2 at 9:55 PM

NORFOLK - A broken water main made for tricky driving on a stretch of Tidewater Drive in Norfolk.  

The water puddled on Tidewater Drive near St. Denis, causing an icy patch. Police say a vehicle hit that patch and hit a power pole at Lafayette Blvd. around 6:15 a.m.

Trucks put down sand and salt to melt the ice, which turned into slush along the gutters and dips in the road.

Public Utilities Administrator Harry Kenyon says some customers lost water service but it was restored by 8:00 a.m.

As for what made the 6-inch line burst, Kenyon states, "No cause can be determined, although we normally see an increase in water main breaks when there’s a cold-snap."

He added that there were no other issues Wednesday morning. He stressed the city is keeping a close eye on water main breaks with the dip in temperatures and will get crews out as quickly as possible if they happen.

Dominion Virginia Power crews repaired the damage. There were no power outages because of it, spokeswoman Bonita Harris stated.

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