Water main break floods major intersection - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Water main break floods major Lubbock intersection

By Christie Post - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – A pipe burst is impacting Lubbock motorists Friday due to heavy water.  The City of Lubbock said this is what happens when the weather starts to warm up.

The underground pipe broke at the 3600 block of 35th Friday morning. Then water has traveled from Memphis to Maxi Park. In the intersection of 34th and Memphis it's creating a splash for drivers in the area.

The city said this is the largest break they have seen since the deep freeze started to thaw out. Marsha Reed and the city are still investigating what happened.

"Well we really don't know till we dig it up, what has transpired down there. Typically when you've had freezing weather the water will expand in the pipes. Being that they're very old and then when the weather starts to warm up, that's when we see changes in the water and pipes. Then they start to burst," said Marsha Reed, City of Lubbock.

A salt mixture will be put down by the city so the large puddle of water doesn't freeze when the temperatures become below freezing. They hope to fix the pipe at least by the end of Friday.

The city said they have had another pipe burst at Knoxville and 29th. This makes two pipes bursts since the cold temperatures have started to warm up.

When driving in this area, the city said to use caution when driving because there might be ice on the road when the temperatures drop.

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