Mayor Mark Blask and City Engineer Chester P. Szymanski III look on as city workers try to vacuum out the leak on John St.

by Dave Warner

City workers were scrambling to deal with a host of water main issues this afternoon in three different locations.

According to City Engineer Chester P. Szymanski III “We started off this morning with a large water leak on John St at about 6 am. That was loosing about 1,800 gallons per minute. As we tried to isolate that leak so that we could work on it, it ended up that some of the valves in the City had broken and a couple were frozen and we were unable to isolate it until about 2 o’clock.”

Szymanski said that while they were working on the valves in the City “we had two other leaks that sprung up. One in Kelly’s Meat Market parking lot and the other by the historical society.”

At one point this morning, the City was loosing 3,500 gallons of water per minute and only making 1,800. “We’re back in good shape now. We just shut down the one on John St and we’re getting ready to repair that and the rest of the crew is up at the Historical Society working on that leak.”

Photo by Dave Warner - City Engineer Chester P. Szymanski III look at the damage.

Photo by Dave Warner – City Engineer Chester P. Szymanski III looks at the damage.

Photo by Dave Warner - Two city workers try to stem the flow of water coming out of the leak just south of the Historical Society.

Photo by Dave Warner – Two city workers try to stem the flow of water coming out of the leak just south of the Historical Society.