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30 homes under boil alert following hydrant crash


Trish Bennett, Editor

Crews work to clean up the mess left behind after a vehicle crashed into a fire hydrant Friday on Clark Drive. (Photos by Trish Bennett)

Water gushed from a broken main for more than an hour before being brought under control on Friday.

CIRCLEVILLE – About 30 homes are under a boil alert after a one-vehicle crash caused a water main break Friday on Clark Drive.

Judy Gulick, 63, of Circleville, was cited for failure to control after running her vehicle off the roadway on Clark Drive about 11 a.m. Friday and crashing into the fire hydrant near Forest View Court, according to Sgt. Matthew Hafey, Circleville Police Department.

Gulick was not injured in the crash, he said.

Residents affected by the 48-hour boil alert have been personally notified with notices left at their homes, according to Nathan Anderson, city utilities director.

Water gushed from the main for more than an hour before crews were able to access the valve and turn off the flow, Anderson said.

The flooding left a hole several feet deep and nearly as wide between the sidewalk and the street, and crews were initially concerned it would compromise the ground underneath.

Once the flow of water was stopped, though, Anderson said an inspection of the surrounding ground showed no sign of damage to those structures.

“We’re just glad it didn’t eat into the road,” he said. “We weren’t sure at first what direction the water was going, but it turned out it was coming straight up and not in any direction underground.”

Anderson said the hydrant suffered heavy damage and will have to be replaced. Crews will cover the hole for the weekend and begin repairs Monday morning, he said.

This article originally appeared on The Pickaway News Journal