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ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Crews have been working nonstop since Thursday afternoon to fix six water main breaks in Arlington, all located miles apart from each other, and there is some good news to report on Friday morning. Four of those breaks have been completely repaired.
However, the break near the intersection of Pleasant Ridge Road and Pleasant Oak Court has not been fixed quite yet. This is the largest of the six breaks — 42 inches — and crews expect to be working on it throughout the weekend. The goal is to have it back up and running by Sunday. Workers have to replace part of the pipe.
The final break that will be fixed — a 24-inch pipe — is also expected to take a few days to repair. That one is located near the corner of Green Oaks Boulevard and Waterview Drive.
The six water main breaks all took place on Thursday around Interstate-20 in Arlington. The city said that higher water usage this summer is to blame.
Some homeowners lost their water for a few hours on Thursday, but most have since gotten it back. “They really worked hard to get it taken care of and get it back on in our neighborhood,” said Arlington resident Barbara Eidson. “This street didn’t get a lot of damage, but I’ve seen damage in some of the other lots, because the force of the water — it was like a river with rapids.”
The city is still trying to find out how many gallons of water were lost.
Meanwhile, as crews work to fix the last water main breaks, traffic is being impacted and some lanes are closed. Even after the breaks are fixed, it will take more time to repair the roadways. Drivers should exercise caution.