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Durham repairs 'major' water main break

Posted October 11, 2011

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— A water main broke in Durham Tuesday afternoon, flooding neighborhoods and stifling service in the northern part of the city and some adjacent parts of Durham County, officials said.

The Durham Water Management Department expected to have service restored by late afternoon. Crews had isolated the break in the 24-inch main and were working to repair it.

Customers who do not have their water service restored by 5 p.m. should contact the Water Management Department’s after-hours emergency line at 919-560-4344.


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  • Jack Flash Oct 12, 2011

    I blame gangs.

  • hp277 Oct 12, 2011

    The pipe that broke was a 90-year old, 24" iron pipe, per other news outlets, originally installed to carry raw water from Lake Michie to Durham. It now carries treated drinking water.


    A break in a 24" pipe could put one heck of a drain on the system. It is amazing how old some of the infrastructure that we rely on every day is.

  • beachlvr0804 Oct 12, 2011

    Poor informational reporting........don't you think it would have been nice to post the street name for those who live and work in the area? My sister lives out that way.....causing me concern.

  • turtledove Oct 11, 2011

    Look out folks this will be another excuse for Durham leaders to gouge us more on our water and sewer bills!!

  • demory55 Oct 11, 2011

    Should be in the area of Denfield St.

  • BVFD1602 Oct 11, 2011

    Teer Quarry is at the end of Denfield St off N Roxboro Rd.

  • hunter38 Oct 11, 2011

    Funny....WRAL will show a map of the area if a tree limb blows across the road but they won't when a major water main breaks ....atta boy WRAL

  • foster208 Oct 11, 2011

    Couldn't flush the toilets at our elementary school today. Not fun.

  • oneofmany Oct 11, 2011

    On ABC - A spokesperson says the break is in a 24-inch main near Teer Quarry - where the pipe crosses the Eno River.

  • 007KnightRider Oct 11, 2011

    Physical address please?