City of Craig employees pump water Sunday out of a hole excavated in the 400 block of Yampa Avenue in preparation to fix a leaking water line. The leak occurred around 7 p.m. Saturday night, said Tim Kulp, a water technician for the city of Craig's water department. The water line was shut down in the 300 and 400 blocks of Yampa Avenue while crews patched the golf ball-sized hole in the water line.

Photo by Bridget Manley

City of Craig employees pump water Sunday out of a hole excavated in the 400 block of Yampa Avenue in preparation to fix a leaking water line. The leak occurred around 7 p.m. Saturday night, said Tim Kulp, a water technician for the city of Craig's water department. The water line was shut down in the 300 and 400 blocks of Yampa Avenue while crews patched the golf ball-sized hole in the water line.

Water line leaks on Yampa Avenue

Businesses temporarily lose water service

A water line leak Saturday night created more than eight hours of work for city of Craig employees and temporarily cut off water service to at least two businesses.

An underground water line on the 400 block of Yampa Avenue sprung a leak about 7 p.m. Saturday, said Tim Kulp, water technician for the city of Craig's water department.

Crews decided to hold off fixing the leak until Sunday morning to ensure workers' safety. Had the break occurred in a residential area, Kulp said, they would have been forced to dig after dark.

Several causes may have been behind the leak, he said, including a rock under the pipe that, over time, could have worn a hole through the line.

"The pipe itself looks really good other than the break," he said.

Kulp and workers from the city's water and road and bridge departments spent 2 1/2 hours Saturday assessing the leak near Yampa Avenue and Fourth Street and another six hours Sunday fixing it.

Crews began by digging a trench in the northbound lane of Yampa Avenue in an attempt to locate the leak.

Kulp said the trench would be filled in and ready for traffic Sunday.

Still, he said, the trench may have to be re-excavated and refilled later because the city didn't have access to some refill materials Sunday.

Water service in the 300 and 400 blocks of Yampa Avenue was discontinued while crews fixed the leak. Kulp said to his knowledge, Mathers Lounge and Carelli's Pizza were the only two businesses affected by the leak, adding that other shops on the two blocks were closed Sunday.

Bridget Manley can be reached at 875-1795 or bmanley@craigdailypress.com

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