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700 block of Kentucky Street closed due to water main break

December 12, 2010

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A water main break will keep the 700 block of Kentucky Street closed until probably midweek, according to a statement released by a city of Lawrence official.

A 24-inch line broke Saturday afternoon and city crews shut off water to the area, said Jeanette Klamm, utilities program manager; however, no homes or businesses are without water, she said.

Repair on the line will begin Monday and was delayed “due to the dangerous wind chill factor and size of the line,” Klamm said.

A detour will direct drivers around the closure, and Klamm said she expects the street to reopen mid-week.

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CHEEZIT 3 years, 4 months ago

Yea the Pizza Hut parking lot on 23rd. I'm guessing that's a spring. Over on 27th off Haskell there is water running down the curb constantly. One resident had some sort of drainage system from his back yard to the street I assume because the water just stands in his back yard!!!

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Firebird2010 3 years, 4 months ago

"and no one was smart enough to figure out it hasn't rained for two weeks or so and thus there shouldn't be a water puddle in the outside lane of traffic. Unbelieveable!"

Was you smart enough to report the leak? I guess not!

Does Lawrence have underground springs that run? Damn staright they do. You drive through many areas in town and see water and wet areas that is not caused by a water main leak. Also note the size of the water main. You would assume a leak on a 24 inch water main leak would blow the street apart.

Also sounds like the city crew took the right step to save YOU money. They were able to isolate the main, turn it off so that nobody is without water, then will repair it Monday during regular hours. Sounds like a good plan to me. It sounds like they did not try to milk the city for OT pay because they have not beenn given raises. It sounds like they did the right thing.

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Firebird2010 3 years, 4 months ago

For those of you that said water was leaking for 2 weeks, did you call and report it? Why is it that a lot of you figure city employees are trying to screw the citizens of Lawrence? Do you know if city employees responded to the leak earlier? Do you know the process that city employees go through to determine a leak? Do you really think that those people that repair water leaks would rather repair the leak when the wind is blowing 45 mph and the temprature is 10 degree's? Give me a break. You, me and everybody else would not want to go out in those conditions to repair a leak for the money that these employees make. They are not as rich as you think they are. You are calling these employees theives by your statements which is not fair to them or any other type of employee. If you read the article, the leak is not being repaired at this time because of the severe weather conditions. They will begin work Monday, so much for your theory they are screwing you for OT pay during the weekend! You naysayers should sometime try to support these people for once. The utility deapartment does a good job of providing services to us as well as some of the other city services. Where would we be without them.

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kernal 3 years, 4 months ago

Or any person could have called the water department and reported it.

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Multidisciplinary 3 years, 4 months ago

To note, I'm not dissing anyone with my comment. They have probably missed out on raises over many many years, other benefits they could get in other cities. And the system always needs more money as infrastructure is always in need of funds, so everyone has to do all they can to get the moolah. It's how it is done...alas.

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Multidisciplinary 3 years, 4 months ago

You have to play these things correctly. Doing it in warm weather on a week day gets you no where.

If you address it on a weekend....it pays more. If it's bitter cold, it gets more sympathy in a report when they address the council as to 'how the crews worked /x hours in bitter cold to fix ancient systems/ thus more budget money is needed'.

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OonlyBonly 3 years, 4 months ago

Yeah, it's been at least two weeks water has been flowing there. You'd think some city employee would've mentioned it. Last time i mentioned one they ignored it.

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5thgeneration 3 years, 4 months ago

There has been water leaking from the West side of Kentucky, right before the turn in for the pool for a while now. I wonder if that's the break.

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