Water line break closes Main Street in Rogersville

Jeff Bobo • Jan 5, 2009 at 12:00 AM

ROGERSVILLE — About two blocks of Main Street in downtown Rogersville were blocked most of Monday while a city crew searched for and then repaired a water line break.

Rogersville Water Superintendent Jimmy Bible said the break was actually discovered late Sunday, but crews were unable to find it until Monday morning.

The leak was found on Main Street in the middle of the Church Street intersection, where a crew dug a hole in the middle of the road to make repairs.

“It wasn’t a big leak. It was just a matter of finding it,” Bible said. “With all the rain and runoff, we couldn’t identify exactly where the leak was. But our guys, being the experts that they are, found it.

“It actually happened yesterday (Sunday), and of course we searched and searched and searched, but we couldn’t find it until this morning.”

Bible said the water line was in use by downtown businesses, but water service was not interrupted by the leak.

Main Street was blocked from North Brownlow Street west to Depot Street.

It made travel through downtown a bit slower, but the biggest effect was probably the loss of several parking spaces on Main Street near the courthouse where Hawkins County Sessions Court was in session.

Work was completed and Main Street was reopened by the end of business hours Monday.

Bible said he doesn’t know what caused the leak, but he said it didn’t cause any flood damage to nearby buildings and businesses. The water never was turned off during repairs, and Bible said boil-water notices were not necessary.

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