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After water main break, a boil order on a block of Park Ave.

February 1, 2014
By PETER CROWLEY - Managing Editor (pcrowley@adirondackdailyenterprise.com) , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

SARANAC LAKE - The aftermath of a major water main break will most heavily affect people who live on one block of Park Avenue.

Homes on Park from Circle Street west to Baker Street are likely to be under a boil-water order when they get water restored, village Manager John Sweeney told the Enterprise this morning.

Other parts of the village that had water shut off in the early morning hours had water again this morning, even though some of it was dirty brown.

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A crew from the village Department of Public Works was still digging up the road with a backhoe between 2:30 and 3 a.m. and pumping out the water that kept filling the large hole.

Around the hole, the road was full of muddy sand from the digging, and Circle and Margaret streets were icy as the water that had flowed down the from the broken main froze.

The break was reported to village police around 11:30 p.m. It occurred on Park Avenue near the intersection with Circle Street, where a large section of the pavement had been pushed up from the rest of the road. Water gushed out of the pipe, and a torrent was pouring into the street around midnight.

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A crew from the Saranac Lake Department of Public Works digs up a broken water main with a backhoe between 2:30 and 3 a.m. today.
(Enterprise photo - Peter Crowley)

From there, the water flowed down Circle Street, through backyards, into basements and flooded a section of Margaret Street below. That water was mostly gone by 2:30 a.m., but it was freezing.

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