December 6, 2012

Water main break on Park Avenue won't be fixed until 11 p.m.

One lane of Park Avenue was closed where the water was deepest, backing up traffic.

From staff reports

PORTLAND — Michelle Clements, a spokeswoman for Portland Water District, said Thursday night it will take until 11 p.m. before the district can repair a water main on Park Avenue.

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Portland Public Service worker Carl Leonard wades through the water as a water main break on Park Avenue near Mellen Street slowed traffic during morning rush hour on Thursday.

Gordon Chibroski / Staff Photographer

The water main broke around 7:30 a.m. Thursday. The break in the 12-inch water line flooded a stretch of Park Avenue tying up the morning commute.

Water was running down the sidewalk and then spilling out into Park Avenue. It was about a foot deep in low spots. One lane of the road was closed where the water was deepest, backing up traffic.

Clements said the water main break took place in the vicinity of 128 Park Ave., between Deering and State streets, and affected about 25 customers.

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