Traffic was blocked from using one lane of Bridge Street in Elkin Friday while work crews worked on an underground problem.
A cracked water pipe under the train tracks in Elkin forced town Public Works crews to shut off water and one lane of traffic as they worked to contain the situation.
Kevin Wilson of the Public Works department said the link was caused by a cracked one-inch pipe leading to the empty storefront across from Elkin Antiques and Collectibles.
“It was a water service that went over there to an old meter that was leaking underground that we discovered a few days ago and went over there and turned it off,” Wilson said.
Wilson said the pipe did not feed to anything. Public Works did not see the break in the pipe but cut off the line’s supply from the main water line to prevent further leakage.
“We had been doing some work down on the lower side replacing some water lines,” Wilson said. “While we were down there, we have listening devices … we used those and were listening to some meters and stuff in the surrounding area just to see if we had anything leaking, and sure enough we had one that was not coming to the surface.”
Wilson said there is an underground pump near there.
“We don’t know where the water is going, but we’re assuming that it’s getting to that pump,” Wilson said.
The water may also be getting into the sewer lines.
Wilson said everything was taken care of Friday afternoon and things were “back to normal.” He said Public Works is checking with the water plant to help better assess the leak.
Wilson said the plant should have a better overview on the leak by Monday or Tuesday.
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