Two water main breaks shut down busy Birmingham intersection

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) –The WIAT 42 News Wake Up Alabama team spotted a water main break on Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd S. at 15th Ave S. Friday morning just before 5 AM. We called Birmingham Fire and Police to report the leak and Birmingham Waterworks crews were on the scene within the hour.

An employee told us a 6 inch pipe broke below the road. Water was visibly bubbling up in through the middle of the street. The road appeared swollen in places.

As crews shut off the water to start repairs on the first break, a second water main broke around the corner on 15th Ave S.

A team came out to help shut off the water and they began drilling into the street to repair both breaks.

While crews work, the entire intersection will remain shut down. You will need to find a detour around Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd and 15th Ave S. until further notice.

Copyright 2014 WIAT 42 News.

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