Water main break ties up traffic, buckles road

By Sara Celi – bio | email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19)- If you didn't see the water main break on Clifton Avenue overnight, chances are you saw the public works crews out trying to repair it on Friday. Crews worked around the clock to repair the broken water main and clean up the mess that gushed out of the pipe.

The main broke just before 11 PM Thursday.

"From the amount of time that the water was flowing out, I would guess probably close to a million gallons of water. It was just a raging rapids, essentially," said Cincinnati police officer Richard Sulfsted.

The water was so powerful, parts of the grass along Clifton Avenue were washed out by it, the road buckled, and several cars parked on the street were completely flooded. There is no word on how the main broke.

"When I saw it, it was spraying probably about 8 or 9 feet, and it probably had a diameter of, I would say, about ten feet," said Michael Defrancesco. He drove by the break moments after it happened.

"It was a fascinating sight. I haven't seen a water main break of that dimension," said Michael.

Much of Clifton Avenue was closed to traffic overnight, but by mid morning police had reopened two of the four lanes.

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