Water main break near Mt. Tabor closes streets

Break at NE 67th Ave. and NE Davis has shut down the intersection

A water main break near Mt. Tabor has closed the intersection of NE 67th Ave. and NE Davis St. (KOIN 6/Ellen Hansen)
A water main break near Mt. Tabor has closed the intersection of NE 67th Ave. and NE Davis St. (KOIN 6/Ellen Hansen)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A water main break at NE 67th Ave. and NE Davis St. shut down the intersection to traffic until late Friday night, when it reopened.

The break has created a hole, at least six feet in diameter, which apparently grew Friday afternoon as crews worked to uncover the broken main, an eight-inch cast iron pipe from 1956.

The water was turned off by 1:45 p.m.,  Portland Water Bureau (PWB) Public Information Officer Jaymee Cuti said. A neighbor told KOIN 6 all affected homes had their water restored by 8:30 p.m.

“This is the season that we have an increase in water main breaks because of the cold air,” the PWB spokesperson said.

A water main break near Mt. Tabor has closed the intersection of NE 67th Ave. and NE Davis St. (KOIN 6)
A water main break near Mt. Tabor has closed the intersection of NE 67th Ave. and NE Davis St. (KOIN 6)

Crews had the water main turned off, but as they worked to clean up the site, the road gave way and the hole expanded, KOIN 6 photographer Ellen Hansen reports.

Water that flooded into the basement of a home near the break was pumped out by Portland fire officials, PWB said. But, as of 4:30 p.m., the situation appeared to be under control as crews continued cleaning up.

The remainder of the water that flooded during the break drained into an empty well once the water was turned off, PWB said.

If you experience a water main break — as roughly 200 Portlanders do each year — call 503.823.4874.

Cuti said the number is low, taking into consideration the size of Portland.

Our soil isn’t corrosive, Cuti said, which saves many of the pipes. However, some pipes still in the system date back 1895.

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