Everett, Washington. February 9th, 2011.



A few dozen homes were without water for much of Wednesday morning after an 8-inch water main broke.

The break happened around 6:30 a.m. in the 2500 block of Rucker Avenue.

“It looked like a waterfall coming up under the van,” said Jason.  His Salvation Army van was caught in a small sinkhole as the pavement gave way under the water.

About 100 homes and businesses — including apartments in the area — were left dry while crews worked to fix the line.

“Those morning showers were going to be hard to do,” said Sharon Beatty.

City officials say the repair includes cutting out a section of the 57-year-old pipe and installing a new section, disinfecting with chlorine and flushing water through the new section prior to returning service.

The block was closed to traffic for a few hours while the standing water subsided from the roadway.

The city estimated about 50,000 to 70,000 gallons of water was released into the streets from the break, but no major damage was reported.

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