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July 11, 2014

Lawrence water main breaks, closing parts of Canal street

LAWRENCE — The Lawrence Water and Sewer Department discovered a sinkhole this morning at 203 Canal St., between Union and Mill streets.

Upon arrival, employees found "a large quantity of water emanated from the hole" consistent with a water main break, according to a statement from the department.

Crews mobilized to shut down the area’s water supply to drain the hole and begin the necessary repairs.

The main where the break occurred was identified as a water main installed in the late 1800s by the mill owners to suppress any fire outbreaks in the various mills located in the center of the city.

Called the Community Main, it's still in operation today, serving sprinkler systems at the various commercial and industrial buildings in that corridor.

“The response by the water and sewer crews was very timely and efficient,” said Water and Sewer Commissioner Brian Peña in a statement. “I’m impressed by the professional, methodical approach taken by the response team. The break was quickly isolated, and our guys are working to ensure the repair is done swiftly and properly.”

The department is still on site completing the necessary repairs, and work is expected to continue into the evening, with water service being resumed by 11 p.m.

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