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Weather causing water main breaks


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Reported by: Farron Salley
Updated: 12/09/2013 6:44 pm Published: 12/09/2013 4:19 pm


There were more than a dozen water main breaks over the weekend, many a direct result of the extreme change in weather.

One big break in south Tulsa, at 58th and Memorial, left a homeowner without a front driveway.

FOX23's Farron Salley found water main breaks in the area, including one that ruined a driveway.

"I got a phone call at work that water was shooting up out of the ground and I probably need to come home and take care of this," said Christopher Jamison, the homeowner.

Jamison said this has been a major inconvenience.

"They said that the ground had collapsed and the car that was sitting there, the rear end of that had sunk into the ground," he said.

Another person who lives there showed FOX23 how deep the car was when he drove it out.

"Fortunately, I could rescue my car from the hole," said Sean Rajai.

Salley called Tulsa Public Works and learned the combination of cold temperatures and moisture cause the soil to expand and contract, which adds tension to lines beneath the ground.

That's what's happened all weekend at sites across the city.

They wouldn't normally occur until late winter, but are happening sooner because of the extreme conditions.

"I don't know what the budget is, but I think if they're having this many water breaks they really need to look into doing something," said Jamison.

But the city said it's hard to predict which areas will need immediate attention until something happens.

When public pipes break, the city of Tulsa said they will fix it. They also told FOX23 they're paying to fix the driveway as well.


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