Water line breaks flooding streets in Northeast Dallas

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by RYAN WOOD & MARCUS MOORE

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Posted on July 1, 2013 at 6:42 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 2 at 6:52 PM

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DALLAS - It could take several days to determine what caused a massive pipeline to break Monday morning, according to Randall Payton, the assistant director of the Dallas Water Utilities.

Reported at about 4:14 a.m., the ruptured line, which is 84-inches in diameter, sent thousands of gallons of water flooding into nearby streets and left two vehicles submerged in several feet of water around the southern edge of White Rock Lake. Crews were able to stop isolate the damaged area of the line at about 6:30 a.m.

The City of Dallas said the 2800 block of White Rock Rd. will be closed between Winstead Dr. and W. Lawther Dr. for one to two days as crews work to repair the damaged line.

City officials said the broken line runs from Samuell Blvd. and Jim Miller Rd. in Dallas down to Belt Line Rd. in Addison.

Randall Payton, the city's assistant director of water operations, said residents shouldn't face any service interruptions as there are other pipelines and reservoirs within the system.

The assistant director said the line is 30 years old, which is relatively new compared to other lines that are up to 100 years old. Back in 2001, the same main broke off Northwest Highway.

Crews are working to determine the cause of the recent break.

The City of Dallas maintains 4,922 miles of pipeline and crews make 1,800 repairs every year

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