Water main break impacts traffic in midtown Tulsa

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Reported by: Farron Salley
Updated: 12/17/2013 6:17 pm Published: 12/17/2013 4:08 pm

Water main breaks across Tulsa have backed up traffic, ruined roads and forced businesses to operate without running water.

The most recent break was at 21stand Harvard on Tuesday.

Crews worked for hours to figure out how to completely stop the water from leaking out at this break site.

"So, we were watching the ground cave in little by little. And the water just rushed, oh my gosh, it was just like a river that rushed right into their yard," said Brenda House.

She noticed the water around 10 Monday night. It completely took over the yard next door.

"The guy comes out and goes 'we don't have water,'" she said.

And around 3 a.m. Tuesday water was cut off to 28 homes and businesses.

"It takes a little damper, especially in the bathroom areas," said House.

It's not just people in those homes who are affected by the break. Water streaming down the road goes all the way up to the exit from the Broken Arrow Expressway.

Charlotte Lazar runs the neighborhood association. She said she's heard nonstop from people in all directions without water.

"He took ice from the ice maker and boiled it so that he could wash his face and brush his teeth and he's just really out of sorts right now," said Lazar, speaking of caller.

And drivers going either way down 21st were also out of sorts. Traffic was down to just one lane.

"They're trying to maneuver a way as best they can. Me, I was just like 'I hope I can get out of here to take my kids to school,'" said House.

Even when the direct location of the break is repaired it will still take a while for the road to be fixed. So drivers who use 21st to get on or off the Broken Arrow Expressway will still need to plan on a slower drive.

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