Crews clean up mud after broken water main floods streets

It's believed that mounting pressure from clay soil that was saturated by water caused the main to break.

Posted: Dec 2, 2019 6:16 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Eugene Water & Electric Board crews are cleaning up mud and debris after a broken water main flooded streets overnight Sunday into Monday.

According to officials, a 12-inch water main broke at Westward Ho Avenue and Garden Way at around 4 p.m. Repair crews excavated the main and pumped water as they did repairs until 4 a.m. the next morning.


Meanwhile, gravel swept away by the water clogged the storm drains, causing water to back up, according to Eugene Public Works. The water began to flow down the road onto Oxbow Way and beyond.

"It looked like a little river," said Deanna Valencia, who lives on a street that was impacted by the water. "I went in the house, and then we just looked out the window and watched the water rising. It came up quite a bit."

Residents told KEZI 9 News that the water was feet deep in some places, seeping through the car doors of neighbors who tried to drive through it. A pair of kayakers were even reportedly paddling down the street.

The event was less fun for Adam Fleischer, whose garage was filled with standing water as the streets flooded.

"We knew it was going to be an issue right in the beginning," said Fleischer. "We didn't think it would get as far into the garage as it did. We ended up having to get some kitty litter into bags to protect the house portion of it. We cleared everything out of our garage into upper levels."

Fleischer took the morning off of work to clear mud and debris from his driveway and garage.

According to EWEB, it's believed that the dry clay soil was recently saturated by water and the mounting pressure from that caused the main to break. 

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