Day 5: Secondary Leak Found During Troy Water Main Break Repair
The hope is that the repairs to the massive water main break in Troy will be fixed by the weekend. But there is still more work to be done in the city. Geoff Redick has more about a second, smaller leak in the Collar City.
TROY, N.Y. -- Crews in Troy continue working Thursday to fix the water main break that spilled millions of gallons of water in the street Sunday, flooding homes and eventually leaving many people in neighboring communities with very limited access to water.
Troy Mayor Patrick Madden is hopeful that the repair work should be completed this weekend sometime.
"I just want to caution everybody, once that's done and we check out some valves, filling the system is going to be a slow process," Madden said, "because it's a lot of pressure, it's a very dynamic event; we don't want to put undue pressure on valves and elbows and things like that too quickly."
The Department of Public Utilities and Troy Boiler Works are working on a 24-hour schedule to finish repairs. The main break has been fixed and welded. During the repair work to the initial pipe, however, crews found a secondary break in the main. They are now working to repair that leak.
There is still a roughly 48-hour wait to get the water flowing after everything is completed.
Congressman Paul Tonko visited the site of the break Wednesday, along with Mayor Patrick Madden.
"We have lost millions of gallons of water. And so this is yet another example of a national problem that requires national solutions," Tonko said.
Troy residents are reminded that a water restriction remains in effect. Officials urge residents to continue conserving water and limit usage to essential needs only. A boil-water advisory has not been issued for the city of Troy.