Line break opens sinkhole in street

Crews with the Ute Water Conservancy District inspect a break in an 18-inch waterline Thursday morning on north 26 1/2 Road. The break was discovered about 4 a.m. and caused the closing of Holy Family Catholic School. About 400 homes were left without water until the afternoon.

A sense of normalcy returned to a north Grand Junction neighborhood this morning after one of the Ute Water Conservancy District’s main water service lines ruptured early Thursday morning, leaving hundreds of customers without water for hours and creating a large sinkhole in a road.

A Ute Water customer reported the breach around 4 a.m. after noticing water flowing down G 1/2 Road and a sinkhole that formed in 26 1/2 Road, Ute Water spokesman Joe Burtard said.

The break left more than 400 homes without water and forced the cancellation of classes and after-school activities at Holy Family Catholic School, 786 26 1/2 Road. Two or three homes’ yards along G 1/2 Road were flooded with water and asphalt and gravel debris, Burtard said.

Ute Water crews installed the new line and restored water service to the area a little after 1 p.m.

The 18-inch concrete line was installed in the 1960s and was due to be replaced in 2014, Burtard said, adding Thursday’s overnight low of 11 degrees didn’t play a part in the break.

“It was an old line that gave way,” he said.

Holy Family School was expected to reopen this morning.


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