Water line break forces road closure in downtown GV | TheUnion.com

Water line break forces road closure in downtown GV

A break in a fire safety water line for the Safeway grocery store in downtown Grass Valley forced the closure of a section of Mill Street Sunday morning.

The break, which was reported at about 9:40 a.m., caused water to bubble ferociously up through a crack that extended the entire width of the road in the 200 block. The pressure from the break was forcing more water, and gravel, through a long crack running between the road and the curb. Grass Valley Police officers quickly cordoned off the area from vehicles and shooed curious passersby off the roadway near the broken line. Anyone standing near the water main valve could hear and feel the escaping water rumbling just under the pavement, which had lifted about 3 inches.

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Ray Clark, a water distribution senior maintenance worker for the city of Grass Valley, was on scene within minutes and assessing the possible damage.

We will have to determine how much material was lost (under the pavement) before we can reopen” the section of roadway, Clark said, adding that an elbow in the water line, which is owned by Safeway, probably gave way.

After Clark was able to shut the water off at the main, the roadway remained raised in some sections where it had cracked from the pressure.

Fears about erosion of underlying gravel and a possible collapse of the pavement under the weight of larger vehicles meant that a small section of Mill Street would remain closed at least until today. The road was closed from the parking lot of Town & Country Real Estate to Hair Razors; the driveway from Safeway onto Mill Street also was closed.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4229.

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