Aurora -- Water gushed through the center of the city on the evening of March 7 as a water line broke across from the Church in Aurora's entrance on West Pioneer Trail, according to Aurora Director of Public Services John Trew.
Despite the water line problems, which occurred at 5:45 p.m., he said the roads were never closed, although water covered a stretch of West Pioneer Trail between the Kiwanis-Moore Playground and Route 43.
"Only temporary lane closures occurred so the crews could safely operate and isolate valves to keep the majority of the area affected at full water pressure," Trew said.
Many local residents who were leaving the Aurora schools' PTO fish dinner in the high school commons slowly maneuvered their way past the work zone.
The repairs took about four hours, Trew said, and the water was never shut off, "just throttled down so we could do the repairs."
Trew said the only places affected were the fire department, one residence and the Church in Aurora, which experienced slightly reduced water pressure.
"We were able to reroute all other dwellings and buildings so no reduction in pressure was noticed," he said. "The water crews successfully repaired a 28-inch linear crack with a 30-inch clamp."
"The water break was not unusual for the extended cold this winter," he added.
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