KENNEWICK, Wash. — On Tuesday afternoon, City of Kennewick Public Works Crews worked to restore water after a water line break off of 46th avenue near Ledbetter Street.
Evidence of water rushing down the street could be seen on the road, sidewalks and residents’ front yards; rocks and gravel had been moved into peoples’ lawns and driveways as a result of the line break. Some homes already had restoration crews, parked out front with equipment to mitigate the effects of water leaking into their houses.
One homeowner, Rick Mounce, said he wasn’t even aware of what happened, when he was trying to take his wife to a doctor’s appointment.
“‘Sorry you can’t back up because there’s a hole right in front of your highway,’” he recalled a conversation with a public works member, “I’m just happy that the city has done a really good job; they’re going to take care of all the repairs – life happens and then you die,” Rick laughed, adding he wasn’t upset, despite water leaking into a part of his home.
The road was blocked off as crews dug into the roadway to access the pipe. One crew member said it could be some time until that stretch of 46th reopens.
A City of Kennewick spokesperson said around 20 homes were affected and water was expected to be restored by Tuesday evening.
Crews are still working to figure out the scope of the damage, and what repairs or repaving will need to be made to the road.
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