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Enbridge work breaks water main in Griffith

Updated: February 21, 2014 6:27AM



GRIFFITH — Residents south of Broad and Main Street may have to wait until Monday before their water gets turned back on after a water main break Sunday morning.

Workers for a contractor employed by Enbridge were working on a project Sunday morning when they hit a 12-inch water main around 9 a.m., Town Council Vice President Rick Ryfa said. Town workers were able to isolate the leak around noon.

The town’s south water tower drained completely, and at least 1,200 residents were affected, Ryfa said.

Workers started backhoeing the area once the leak was contained, and later in the evening found a three-foot hole and started repairing it, according to a release on the Griffith Police Department’s social media page.

“Griffith Public Works is working diligently to manage the situation to maintain and improve water pressure,” the release said. “As a result, we encourage residents affected to obtain potable water and/or make arrangements as they feel necessary to sustain them through that time period.”

The town has deemed Griffith Public Schools safe to attend Monday, and Ryfa also said residents south of Main Street on Broad are under a 48-hour boil order.

Enbridge Spokesperson Jennifer Smith said Precision Pipeline was working on the pipeline operator’s Line 6B replacement when it hit the main, and the company apologizes for any inconvenience. She also said residents who have any damage from the break are encouraged to call Enbridge toll-free at (866) 410-4356, or email it at Line6BPhase2@enbridge.com.

Updates on the town’s repair efforts can be followed on the town’s Web site at http://www.griffith.in.gov/, or the Griffith Police Department’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Griffith-Indiana-Police-Department/526691684035932.



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