50 waterline breaks in three days

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Reported by: Sara Whaley
Updated: 2/10 4:07 pm Published: 2/09 9:53 pm

TULSA, Okla. - Fifty waterline breaks in three days.

Sunday night, city crews worked to fix another large break in midtown Tulsa.

Saturday night FOX23 was there as crews worked on the 16-inch line at 21st and Wheeling Avenue.

Sunday, the same line broke again, but this time two blocks away at 21st and Yorktown.

FOX23 went to the scene of the newly-ruptured water main break to find out the details.

FOX23 learned just before 7 Sunday night the water was shut off and crews were able to get to work repairing the new water main break.

As of 9 p.m. Sunday night, crews were still digging and working to fix the problem.

Water gushing.

"All of sudden water just starts coming up out of the ground," said resident Mathew Clary.

Crews digging.

Tulsans tell me they are tired of seeing water main breaks.

"You have to detour around everything just to get home….and hope you have water," said Clary.

FOX23 looked at the numbers, 50 breaks in a matter of three days.

And this one at 21st and Yorktown Avenue on Sunday happened just two blocks from the one Saturday, at 21st and Wheeling Avenue.

In fact, city crews told us it's the same 16-inch line that broke in a second place.
And the gallons of water are taking a toll on city streets.

When FOX23 was at the scene we held actual pieces of the road. The roadway had started crumbling just minutes after the break on Saturday.

"All of a sudden you could just hear the ground crumble right there," said Caruthers.
Luckily this go around wasn't as bad for people in midtown.

Traffic was able to keep moving.

No streets were ever shut down.

And although crews did have to valve the line, nearby restaurants tell us they were doing business as usual.

They never completely lost water.

Still, some like Mathew Clary, who live nearby, say enough is enough.

“This is ridiculous. We've actually been looking at moving. Looking at some other places,” said Clary.

The city told FOX23 the water crews will be working through the night Sunday.

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