Crews deal with water break, flooded roads in downtown Youngstown

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A portion of cast-iron pipe underneath East Boardman Street broke open sometime between 7 and 8 a.m.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The water is back on for residents in a downtown high rise apartment building Thursday night after a huge line break earlier in the morning.

A portion of cast-iron pipe underneath East Boardman Street broke open sometime between 7 and 8 a.m.

According to a water department official, crews determined that the break happened on an 8-inch line under Boardman Street.

Water flooded the intersection at Market Street right next to the International Towers, where residents were noticing that something was wrong.

“We had no water. We had no information. The building didn’t even know until my wife called them,” said International Towers resident Lucas James.

Water Department crews were on the scene quickly, but their first task was to shut off the valve controlling that part of the system.

It took workers almost two hours to shut off the valve, leaving residents and others in the apartment building with no service.

“We believe it’s isolated right between the intersection and the next valve down by our truck down there, so I don’t–we haven’t had any other calls,” said Water Department Superintendent Joe Dunlap.

By late morning, crews had found and removed the culprit.

“We have approximately ten feet of split pipe, actually spit,” said Dunlap.

Dunlap says workers were able to replace the broken eight-inch cast iron pipe and had service restored again Thursday afternoon.

“We’re gonna disinfect the main here. According to our procedures, it’ll be back to normal within the hour,” Dunlap said.

At this point, workers say they’re not sure what caused the break.

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