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City of Elkins crews work to repair split in water line

The Inter-Mountain photo by Haley Gordon A 10-inch split in a main water line that happened near the intersection of Worth Avenue and Wilson Street in Elkins affected service and water quality for approximately 800 to 1,000 citizens across large areas of town. Crews have been working to repair the line.

ELKINS — Water department crews from the City of Elkins closed a section of Worth Avenue on Wednesday to repair a 10-inch split in a main water line that occurred late Tuesday afternoon.

The break happened near the intersection of Worth Avenue and Wilson Street and affected service and water quality for approximately 800 to 1,000 citizens across large areas of Elkins.

Crews began working on the 18-inch iron line on Tuesday evening and their progress was complicated by approximately 15-18 inches of concrete road, according to the City of Elkins website.

In addition to the roadbed, the burst water line runs in close proximity of a main sewer line and gas lines.

According to the City of Elkins and the Randolph County Office of Emergency Management, customers in the areas of Oak Grove, Crystal Springs and the Tygart Valley Mall, as well as any residents south of Harrison Avenue and west of Worth Avenue, are to remain under a boil water advisory until further notice.

Water customers outside of this area may also experience water discoloration.

“Boil-water advisories are issued out of an abundance of caution and do not necessarily indicate the presence of contaminated water,” reads the City of Elkins website.

Randolph OEM reported a loss of approximately two million gallons of water before city crews were able to close multiple valves.

Repair parts were ordered from National Road Utility Supply, Inc.

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