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Blowout and washout near Okanagan College

Damage caused by a Saturday, April 12 water main blowout on First Street West near Okanagan College. Crews worked overnight to fix main, and were there again Monday morning to clean away the debris that washed down the hill.  - Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Times Review
Damage caused by a Saturday, April 12 water main blowout on First Street West near Okanagan College. Crews worked overnight to fix main, and were there again Monday morning to clean away the debris that washed down the hill.
— image credit: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Times Review

A water line blowout eroded part of the roadway near Okanagan College overnight between Saturday night and Sunday morning.

City public works manager Darren Komonoski said the problem started at a residential connection and then eroded the soil, eventually breaking the main line that runs down the road. The roadway was torn up for about 50 metres, and significant amounts of soil was washed down the hill.

Crews worked overnight to fix the main.

The outage only affected residents within about a block of the break.

The City of Revelstoke has also been doing water line flushing across town over the past weeks, and will continue for the next couple of months.

It's an annual maintenance exercised designed to clean out the pipes and extend their working life.

The work causes temporary outages and can lead to discoloured, often rusty-looking water.If that happens, Komonoski advised residents to flush the water until it's clear. If residents have any special concerns related to water quality, contact the city's public works department at 250-837-2001.

 

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