Water line break in downtown Tulsa

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Updated: 12/13/2013 5:19 pm Published: 12/13/2013 7:02 am

The city of Tulsa’s water department had their hands full Friday dealing with two major water main breaks.

One in downtown Tulsa at Cheyenne and 4th street, FOX23’s Angela Hong learned that two pipes broke at the intersection.

The changing temperatures could be what caused a 16-inch break in one pipe, but then the water pressure underground because of that break is what likely caused 6-inch break in another pipe.

Our news partners, KRMG were there early Friday morning shortly after the pipe broke. The intersection was under several inches of water, flooding the streets and nearby businesses.

At this point city of Tulsa Water Department crews have pumped out most of the water that built up underground and are now trying to get to the breaks. This work will take several hours and FOX23 found out from the city that there will be workers here around the clock until the pipes are fixed.

4th street from Denver to Boulder is closed off to traffic as this work goes on, people who had business downtown said it caused a traffic headache.

"It’s a mess and it's difficult to get around, with the car and parking and with walking in the street. It's hard to get around," said Wendi Evans, a downtown commuter.

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