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Cold weather causes Spokane water main to break

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SPOKANE, Wash. - The city of Spokane has the third largest water system in the state, with more than a thousand miles of water lines. Although the pipes are buried deep under the city, they're still vulnerable to the extreme cold temperatures. And Thursday night, those cold temps caused a water main on Trent Avenue to break.

It happened around 5pm on a water main on Trent Ave. between Sycamore and Freya. Traffic was reduced to one lane in each direction as crews worked to repair the 10-inch cast-iron main.

Crews say there was also a smaller break on Adams, just north of Wellesley Avenue. That break has also been repaired. Homeowner Eric Tumlinson was just getting home in the afternoon when he noticed a stream of water in front of his house. He immediately called the city to report it. That's exactly what city crews hope everyone who sees this kind of thing does.

The water main were installed between 60 and 70 years ago and crews say they usually handle the cold temperatures well. But the recent, sudden drop in temperature was too much for the pipes to handle. Crews remained on scene until the pipe was repaired and the hole filled in. Come spring, crews will put a more permanent patch over the hole they dug.






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