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Water main break floods streets in Denver's Highlands neighborhood

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Posted at 7:32 PM, Jul 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-06 00:31:37-04

DENVER – A massive water main break caused street flooding in Denver's Highlands neighborhood Wednesday evening. This is the second break on the same 130-year-old line in less than a year.

The break occurred in the area of Zuni Street and West 29th Avenue. Crews closed West 29th Avenue between Zuni and Umatilla Street as overnight repairs are expected to stretch into the early morning hours.

The break opened a gaping hole in the asphalt and caused a rush of water to flood surrounding streets. The extent of the damage is not known at this time.

Neighbors in the area were dealing with a similar problem back in January when the water main, originally installed in 1889, ruptured in the same spot.

The January break damaged cars and left many streets under water. Outages from that break forced some nearby businesses to close.

Crews at the time made only temporary repairs as the line is in the works to be permanently replaced this fall.

Denver Water said crews will again employ another round of stopgap repairs to the weak section of the pipe to get the street back open.