Water main break floods Tucson intersection; causes small sinkhole

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Water main break floods Tucson intersection; causes small sinkhole

By Maggie Vespa. CREATED Apr 24, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Roadwork gone wrong left a major Tucson intersection under water Wednesday, and this flood left its mark, in the form of a sinkhole at Swan and Camp Lowell.

A spokesman for Tucson Water tells 9OYS it happened after crews hit a major water line around noon, flooding streets for much of the afternoon.
Reporter Maggie Vespa asked one driver, "What did you think when you saw this mess?"
She responded, "I'm amazed!  It's chaotic!"
"It is disgusting!  I couldn't even cross the walkway here because it's flooded," said another woman.
One man, trying to bike through the water joke, "It's what mountain bikes are for right?"  He then added, "Yeah, this is more than an inconvenience.  It's a mess."
That same Tucson Water spokesman tells 9OYS, crews were able to isolate the break within a couple hours.
They are working to restore water pressure and flush the dirt and debris out of pipes.
Traffic is restricted in the following areas:
  • Southbound Swan from Camp Lowell to Fort Lowell Rd. is closed.
  • Southbound Swan traffic is diverted west or east onto Camp Lowell.
  • Northbound Swan traffic may not turn west onto Camp Lowell.
  • Eastbound traffic on Camp Lowell is being diverted to Old Fort Lowell Road.

Officials are asking that motorists avoid the area for the next four to six hours.

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