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Water Main Break in Raleigh Capped

Posted March 20, 2008 11:19 p.m. EDT
Updated March 20, 2008 11:44 p.m. EDT

— A gushing water-main break slowed traffic at Western Boulevard and Avent Ferry Road in Raleigh late Thursday.

The break occurred around 9:45 p.m., and water shot dozens of feet into the air from a manhole on Western Boulevard, according to a WRAL photographer on the scene.

Andy Brogden, Raleigh's water-distribution superintendent, estimated that water poured out of the rupture at a rate of 100 gallons per minute.

Utility crews capped the break around 11 p.m., and no customers were affected at that point.

Brogden said it was likely that either a pipe had burst or an air release valve had failed. Crews were working to shut off the water to determine the exact cause of the break.