Water main break damages road, impacts GR apartments

Caution tape surrounds a flooded Mason Street NE in Grand Rapids following a water main break on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A city employee says repairs to a a water main break at a group of Grand Rapids apartment buildings will take longer, since the damage was more extensive than originally thought.

Grand Rapids’ acting utility field operation superintendent, Chad Reul, tells 24 Hour News 8 that utility crews found additional split pipes while working to repair the break to a 12-inch line in the 1900 block of Mason Street NE.

The water main break caused the roadway to buckle and impacted 16 apartment buildings nearby, Ruel said.

Drivers are encouraged to avoid Mason Street between Plymouth and Perkins as crews work to repair the line.

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City workers shut off water to the area around 8:40 a.m. to fix and flush the line. Ruel originally expected water to be restored to residents by 4 p.m. Thursday, but later revised that restoration time to 8 p.m. Thursday.