|Updated: 1/31 5:33 pm
||Published: 1/31 4:08 pm
Traffic is down to one lane in west Tulsa where crews are repairing an 8-inch water line break.
The break happened near 33rd West Avenue and Charles Page Boulevard.
The break lead to a gaping hole in the middle of Charles Page Boulevard, where a water line leaked for so long, it forced sand and debris above ground, allowing the eastbound lanes and sidewalk to collapse.
“It will be slow, there will be backups, people need to use alternate routes if possible,” said Rick Caruthers, the city’s water distribution manager.
Traffic squeezed through condensed lanes along Charles Page Boulevard, while city water crews worked for hours to slowly pump gallon after gallon of water from beneath the ground.
On the scene, FOX23 learned the leak started around 9 p.m. Thursday, but crews didn't show up until about midnight because they were so busy with other water line breaks.
Caruthers, the city's water distribution manager, told FOX23 how 2014 compared to a five-year average of 181 breaks in the month of January, “We've surpassed 181, we're about 20 breaks, probably around 195 for the month, so it's been a somewhat busy month,” he said.
And this break is proof.
Because crews weren't able to start working the break for hours, the water was able to cause the ground to collapse, creating more problems and longer repairs.
“Probably going to be midweek next week before traffic is back to normal in this area. It's going to be slow, this area, for the next seven to 10 days probably,” he said.