Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Main Concern: Water All Over

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Main Concern: Water All Over

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Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer

A broken main sent water sluicing across the western end of Hartley Road around 3:30 p.m. Monday, forcing police to shut down the street in front of the Mandarin Landing shopping center for about five days as repairs were made.

As crews labored to complete temporary repairs by 10 p.m. Monday, area motorists had to detour around the sunken roadway via the shopping center's parking lot, a rerouting that was expected to stay in effect until yesterday, when permanent repairs were scheduled.

Police Sgt. Michael Monroe said it looked like a dam had broken when he and his officers arrived to shut down the flooded section of Hartley Road after the main broke, but traffic was ultimately moving slowly but surely through the center.

"The water in the intersection was ankle deep, and almost shin deep where the pipe burst and flowing at a pretty good rate. The parking lot going into Mandarin Landing toward the bicycle shop was partially flooded, and the road toward the Ramada Inn was pretty well under water," he said. "We had to reroute traffic as well as we could, and it inconvenienced the citizens, but hopefully they understood there was nothing we could do but reroute it for their safety."

As for the broken eight-inch main, JEA officials say a nearby storm drain was probably to blame, and repairs done this week should prevent it from happening again.

"There is a storm drain in the street, and the rain we had recently allowed that to sink down right on top of the pipe. It sunk down just enough to crush the pipe," Dugan said. "We dug it up, removed the storm drain for now and made an emergency repair to fix that piece of pipe."

Police arrived shortly after the break was reported and the roadway just past the Lake Shore Schwinn bicycle store became covered with water bubbling from under the road. …

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