WICHITA -- Disrupted water service for businesses and residents in the area of Douglas and Seneca is expected to be restored on Friday, city officials said.
“The repairs require pouring concrete and crews cannot do that before tomorrow morning,” Joe Pajor of the city’s public works department said.
Businesses and residents along Douglas from Osage to Seneca are without water after a water main line broke early this morning.
Crews will deliver water to affected businesses and residents if necessary, Pajor added.
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The main break created a sizable sinkhole on the south side of the intersection of Douglas and Handley in Delano, west of downtown.
The intersection is closed, and traffic is limited east of Handley on Douglas and south of Douglas on Handley.
The cause of the break was a connection failure between a 12-inch main and a 24-inch main. Cost for repairs is not yet known.
The break was reported at 12:47 a.m. It flooded two blocks on Douglas between Osage and Walnut with water and mud.
Patrick Scanga, sales manager at the Bicycle X-Change, on the northwest corner of the the Douglas-Handley intersection, said all the pipes in the building started shaking. Toilets and sinks started gushing and flooding the store.
“It made a big ol’ mess,” he said.
Four inches of water covered the streets, crawled over the curb and crept into some of the buildings.
Water entered Galaxy Home Recreation, on the northeast corner of the intersection, and came in past a $3,000 pool table, said Shannon Palmer, sales manager.
Slot machines at the front of the store stood in an inch of water until they were removed.
The biggest loss was access to the store, Shannon said.