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2 Water Main Pipes Broke and Spilled Over 200,000 Gallons of Water

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YAKIMA, Wa.- Two water main pipes burst Monday, outside of the Rite Aid at 56th Avenue and Summitview Avenue.

"Oh my God," said Marcia Strunk, a woman who lives on 56th Avenue.

That was one neighbor's first reaction. The first water main broke around 1 p.m. and had about 25,000 gallons of water flowing.

"It was down here, over there, it was everywhere," said Strunk.

Then at 9 p.m. it happened again. The water main pipe from a hydrant in front of Rite Aid burst.

"We had a river literally running down the street, the sidewalk was covered and it was coming down from this way," said Strunk.

Nob Hill Water's Assistant Manager Dave England estimated the water was flowing at about 5,000 or 6,000 gallons a minute for 30 minutes. He said the first water main break set off the second one.

"It undermined the pipe so the bedding was disturbed and it just wasn't supported any longer and it was able to just fall," said England.

Crews are currently working on replacing the old damaged pipes with new ones.

"Pipes get old, earth moves, things happen," said England.    

Which is why Nob Hill Water is working on targeting the oldest pipes around the city and replacing them one by one. 56th Avenue is open again and England said there were only minor water damages to the outside of Rite Aid. 

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