Gresham 4-inch cast iron water pipe breaks

Pipe was installed between 1930 and 1940

An aging pipe burst in Gresham Aug. 14, 2014, causing problems for homeowners in the area. (KOIN 6)
An aging pipe burst in Gresham Aug. 14, 2014, causing problems for homeowners in the area. (KOIN 6)

GRESHAM, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Several homes lost water for a short amount of time Thursday morning after a four-inch cast iron pipe broke.

Brian Stahl, the deputy director of the department of environmental services in Gresham, said the pipe was likely installed sometime from 1930 to 1940. The pipe carried thousands of gallons of water daily.

Crews believe an external part of the pipe broke during normal corrosion.

No homes were reported damage. (KOIN 6)
No homes were reported damage. (KOIN 6)

“Over the years, and we are talking 40 to 50 plus (years), these eternal currents that are in the soil start eating away at the external part of the pipe,” Stahl said.

The city doesn’t know exactly how much water spilled out. The Gresham Fire Department found water running down Southeast 23rd Avenue and Southeast Barnes Drive around 6:30 a.m.

There were no reports of any private property damage.

The street above the pipe appeared to have bugled and cracked where water had leaked. Crews will excavate and replace the pipe.

City officials said there is no danger with the water, but encouraged homeowners to run their pipes for several minutes to flush out debris.

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