By DINA ARÉVALO
Port Isabel-South Padre Press
A 16 inch water pipe ruptured, causing damage to a recently reopened stretch of Sunset Drive on the north end of South Padre Island Monday.
The rupture occurred while a Time Warner Cable (TWC) employee was attempting to bore underneath the street to lay cable, said Laguna Madre Water District (LMWD) Director of Operations Victor Valdez Tuesday.
The resulting 15 foot long crack in the PVC pipe caused water to flood the street from Tropical Drive to Padre Boulevard, according to a statement released by the City. “Extensive damage including cracking and cave-ins to the street and sidewalk has resulted from the wash-out related to the rupture,” the statement reads.
Water service was disrupted to customers as far away as eight blocks from the rupture, Valdez said.
“The first call came in about 4:30 p.m. My guys went out there as soon as they got the call and they started trying to close valves,” Valdez said. Service wasn’t restored until just before midnight. Repair work continued into the next day as LMWD crews worked to fill holes in the street, he said.
The street had recently reopened after being closed for a repaving project which started in June. Officials say a single TWC employee was working on installing cable when the incident occurred.
The water district provides information on underground pipe locations upon request. To find out where they’re located prior to digging, customers can call (956)943-2626, Valdez said. “We’ll go out there and spot their water and their sewer. For all their other utilities, of course, they have to dial the Texas 811 number,” he said.
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