Water main break floods Red Cliffs Drive

ST. GEORGE — Crews working on the new underpass connecting Red Hills Parkway to Red Cliffs Drive Tuesday got a drenching surprise at approximately 3 p.m. when a bulldozer broke into a 20-inch water main, sending water and mud cascading into the streets and over the sidewalk in front of the Red Cliffs Mall.

Crews work to contain a water main break on Red Cliffs Drive Tuesday. St. George, Utah, Oct. 16, 2016 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News
Crews work to contain a water main break on Red Cliffs Drive Tuesday, St. George, Utah, Oct. 16, 2016 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

“We had a couple crews respond,” St. George City Support Services Director Marc Mortensen said. “It was a big break. Didn’t cause any damage to private property. They basically isolated the water, so currently no customers are out of water.”

Crews from the contractors involved in the construction project and St. George City banded together in isolating the line from leaking any more water and cleaning up the road and sidewalks.

The break was caused by the water line not being buried as deeply as the workers thought, Mortensen said, adding that the crews decided not to repair the line immediately.

“Given the construction still remaining, they’re going to leave that segment isolated,” Mortensen said, “and wait until they get some of their turning lanes in. Then, as part of the project, they’re going to have to relocate that water line to make it work underneath the road.”

Mortensen said clean up is expected to be completed by late Tuesday evening.

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6 Comments

  • Harold S. October 18, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    “Given the construction still remaining, they’re going to leave that segment isolated,” Mortensen said, “and wait until they get some of their turning lanes in. Then, as part of the project, they’re going to have to relocate that water line to make it work underneath the road.”

    Let’s go ahead and build the new road, pave it, then dig it up to fix the broken water line underneath. We will fill the brand new road back in and leave a little speed bump so everyone can see that we fixed it. Brilliant!!!! Why didn’t I think of that.
    Anyone ever heard of blue stakes???

  • .... October 18, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    LOL this is funny ! you know why ?.. watch this ..hey RealLowlife you can’t blame this on me I don’t have a job ! so it couldn’t of been me eh ? ha ha ha ha LOL ! this is funny stuff get some help. .God bless you my fellow brethren. hopefully you can get some help with your anger issues. and we can become really good buddies ! LOL ! Ha ha ha ha ha ha now that’s some funny stuff right there eh ?

    • Real Life October 19, 2016 at 8:12 am

      You have a job? Don’t think so. If you do, it is a part time job that does not drug test. You simply have too much time on your hands. You account for over a third of all comments here, with your opioid induced diatribe.

      • Bob October 19, 2016 at 12:36 pm

        lol, i’d say it’s over half

  • Bob October 19, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    they could even change the name from ‘stgnews’ to ‘Dump’s playground’, ahahaha

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