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Water main break partially closes 7th Street; rain causes localized flooding in Craig

Craig Press staff report

CRAIG — City crews responded to a suspected water main break in the 1600 block of Seventh Street about 2 p.m. Sunday, June 17.

As a result, water bubbled up from a crack along an old patch in the road and several drains, causing the partial closure of the north side of Seventh Street near Jeremiah Avenue.

“The cause was old infrastructure and corrosive soil. We refer to it as a burn hole. We’ve had a number of different breaks around town in the last week. It’s all just coincidental,” said Carl Ray, city water maintenance supervisor, on Tuesday.

City crews were initially unsure if the incident would require turning off water to that area or if further road closures would be needed.

“I’m not sure how many were affected, but they were affected for only a short time to allow repairs to be completed,” Ray said.

The afternoon rain also created hazards for drivers, as drains were unable to handle excess water from the sudden, heavy downpour, causing water to back up into streets, including the intersection of Victory Way and Finley Lane.