GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Water service could be back on by the end of the day in a Southeast Grand Rapids neighborhood after a water main break sent a flood past homes and created a sinkhole.
Wayne Jernberg, assistant water system manager for Grand Rapids, said he was optimistic that repairs to a 30-inch pipe could be completed by the end of the day.
Water service was cut to 85 homes in the area of Adams Street SE and Gladstone Drive after the break happened sometime after midnight.
The break also reportedly caused some water to enter a handful of basements.
When the pipe broke, it created a sinkhole that topped a tree. The tree snagged power lines that served a home.
Jernberg said city workers believe a cap in the piping, somewhere near a spot where the 30-inch line “necks down” to a 24-inch line, gave way at some point. The leaking likely caused soil erosion that eventually compromised the 30-inch line, he said.
The gushing water caused a natural gas line to rupture in the same vicinity. Workers with DTE were repairing that line this afternoon as city crews worked on the water line.
Jernberg said a “boil water” notice will be issued to about 100 homes in the area because the pressure drop could create bacteria in water pipes.
Bottled water has been distributed to the 85 homes without water service.