Lebanon Reporter

January 16, 2013

Pipe bursts under Elm Street

By Rod Rose
Assistant Managing Editor

Lebanon — A water line that was installed decades ago, then disappeared from utility maps, burst Tuesday morning, flooding a Lebanon intersection and creating a day-long dilemma for repair crews.

The line did not appear on Lebanon Utilities’ water main maps, said Bob Waples, LU’s water and wastewater director.

Motorists reported the break shortly before 8 a.m., when the intersection of Elm Street and Indianapolis Avenue began to flood. Lebanon Police blocked the intersection until the city street department could spread salt and sand on Indianapolis Avenue. Elm Street was closed from Indianapolis Avenue to an alley adjacent to the Lebanon Rock Church while repairs were made.

By noon, the utility had verified the burst pipe was not shown on its maps.

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