April 19, 2018
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Water main breaks in Veazie prompting emergency repair

By Jamison Cocklin, Special to the BDN

VEAZIE, Maine — Crews from both the Orono-Veazie Water District and a private contractor were working determinedly to fix a broken water main at the intersection of State Street and Arbor Drive on Thursday night.

Capt. Pete Metcalf of the Veazie Fire Department said an alarmed resident notified his department around 3 p.m. Thursday of water rapidly pouring onto the street. Metcalf said when firefighters arrived they saw water bubbling from the side of Arbor Drive.

“It certainly was a good amount of water,” he said.  “Luckily, we caught it in time and notified the water district.”

Water district and contractor crews still were on the scene around 8 p.m.Thursday, according to Sgt. Paul Haslam of the Veazie Police Department. Haslam said traffic was unabated on both roads despite what he described as a “giant hole” in the middle of Arbor Drive.

Haslam said that as a result of the work crew’s quick thinking, they managed to stop the water before it became a hazard or a deterrent to traffic.

What caused the main to break is unknown, but Haslam said he expected the water district to have the main fixed before Friday morning’s commute. A backhoe was on scene filling in the rift caused by the rushing water, and crews planned to put additional salt and sand down to prevent any excess water from freezing and creating slippery conditions.

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