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Massive Water Pipeline Ruptures In Dallas

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - A water main measuring seven feet in diameter ruptured early Monday morning near White Rock Lake. The break happened just before 5:00 a.m. in the 2800 block of West Lawther Drive, near White Rock Road, and caused massive headaches for neighbors and drivers in the area.

“It’s a very important pipeline,” said Randy Payton with the City of Dallas. The 84-inch pipe transmits drinking water from the southern portion of Dallas to the northern parts of the city. It is the third largest pipeline in Dallas, and had been operating for around 30 years. It is still unclear what caused the pipe to rupture. There were no injuries reported.

Crews were able to quickly isolate the broken portion of the pipe and stop the water from flowing into the road. “There was some localized flooding that occurred, damages to the area pavement,” Payton said. “Since its isolation, the water has began to recede in those areas.” But it could be a few days before the pipeline is totally fixed.

Residents in Dallas were not impacted at all by the pipeline rupture. Drinking water is being transmitted through other lines until the broken pipe has been replaced.

This was the second water main break in Dallas in just over 24 hours, and the third break in the past week. Tarrant County and Collin County have also been battling water main breaks in the past week.

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