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East 23rd flooded by water main break

August 13, 2013 • Local News

Jill McLaughl[auth] in
Record Staff Writer

Water flooded East 23rd Street Monday after a water main burst near the Christa-Lee Apartments.
Cars and trucks cruised through the water from North Main Street to North Garden Avenue starting at 3 p.m, which reached a depth of 18 inches or more in some areas, for nearly an hour until city crews were able to shut down the line.

“Sometimes pipes get old and break,” said Paul Gomez, from the City of Roswell, who was called to dig through gravel to find the water valve.

A nearby New Mexico Gas Company employee who was in the area alerted the city to the water main break.
Maintenance worker Bill Collins of the Christa-Lee Apartments said he suspected someone may have driven over a cast-iron cap that was located on top of the water main, causing the messy situation.

“There was a shut-off valve. I always worried about someone running over it,” Collins said, as he watched the incident unfold.
Some 20 apartments could be without water, Collins said.

A portion of the Otero Federal Credit Union’s parking lot was also flooded.

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