Thursday, May 23, 2013

water main breaks in the neighborhood and Longwood detour

5/23 UPDATE:  As of 6:00 p.m., the 9600 block of Longwood was still closed to traffic.

This morning (5/22) when I turned on the tap, the water pressure seemed a bit off.  Later in the morning, I got an email from our alderman explaining why.

Last night's storm caused the Roseland pumping station to temporarily shut down.  When service was restored, the resulting water pressure caused several water mains in the Beverly / Morgan Park community to break.  As a result, several thousand area residents awoke to either no water service or low pressure.
Currently, crews from the Department of Water Management are addressing damage at the following five locations:

- 8800 block of S. Longwood Dr.
- 9500 block of S. Hoyne Ave.
- 1900 block of W. 95th St.
- 10500 block of S. Seeley Ave.
- 1700 block of W. 105th Pl.

The Department of Water Management will coordinate efforts with the other utilities and make the necessary repairs as quickly as possible.  

UPDATE:   Crews from the City's Department of Water Management have been working since late last night to repair several broken water mains in the Beverly community. Currently, three of the original five breaks have been repaired.  Work is near completion at 88th & Longwood Dr. & 105th & Seeley Ave.  The Department of Water Management estimates completing these repairs with water restored by 7:00 pm this evening.

During the course of the day, a sixth break was discovered in the 1700 block of W. 99th St.  Repair work at this location will begin tomorrow.

In addition to the locations listed above, I noticed this on my way home from the 95th St. Metra station.

Water Management is currently excavating on Longwood Dr. just south of 96th. Longwood is CLOSED to traffic between 96th and 97th. Due to equipment and materials currently stored on 96th around the corner, turning to or from 96th is difficult. You may want to avoid the intersection of 96th and Longwood until this project is completed.

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