Water main breaks on SE Division St.

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – A water main broke in Southeast Portland Wednesday in the same area where construction is taking place on TriMet’s Portland to Milwaukie Light-Rail project.

The break occurred at the intersection of Southeast 8th Avenue and Division Street before 8:30 a.m. A more than 50-year-old, 8-inch cast iron pipe broke, according to the Portland Water Bureau. The break caused enormous pressure that lifted newly paved asphalt.

“Because the asphalt is so new there were no cracks, so it had nowhere to release, and that’s why you saw the buckling of the street,” said Lindsay Wochnick, spokesperson for the bureau.

The cause of the break was unknown. There was no estimate on when the repairs would be complete.

No homes, businesses or traffic were seriously affected because the area was already closed for the light-rail construction.

Brent Weisberg contributed to this report.

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