Major water main break will delay drivers until at least noon - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/22/09

Major water main break will delay drivers until at least noon

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - City of Lubbock crews are working on a major water main break at 34th street and Avenue M.

The break happened at 6:30 Monday morning. Officials are saying a 16-inch valve ruptured and caused flooding of the intersection and commuter delays.

The water main is scheduled to be abandoned within the next few weeks as part of the 34th Street Water Main Replacement Project; therefore the older cast iron pipe will be temporarily patched until the new PVC pipe along 34th Street is in place.

Residents in the Slaton-Bean neighborhood may experience reduced water pressure as the cast iron pipe is patched.  The water flooded Avenue M, causing City water crews to call for sand bags to prevent possible flooding of nearby homes.

All lanes have been blocked off from Avenue L to Avenue N on 34th street and traffic is being diverted north and south of the intersection. Drivers are encouraged to avoid the area.

The water has receded from the area. There is no word yet on what caused the break.

NewsChannel 11 is on the scene, stay with kcbd.com and NewsChannel 11 at 5, 6, and 10 for the latest information.

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