Businesses and homes lose water Hampstead break lasts over day NORTH -- Manchester * Hampstead * Lineboro

February 26, 1993|By Katherine Richards | Katherine Richards,Staff Writer

Businesses and homes along two blocks of Hampstead's Main Street were without water for more than a day because of a break in a 4-inch water main.

The pipe broke underneath the 1200 block of Main St. about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Mayor Clint Becker said yesterday. Water service was restored yesterday afternoon.

"We had to shut the water off for about two blocks of Main Street," he said. He said most of the properties affected were businesses.

Trevis Alban of Carroll County Pools, at 1220 Main St., said the firm was without water from 11:30 a.m. Wednesday until 3:30 p.m. yesterday. Tenants in an upstairs apartment had also been without showers or flushing toilets during that time, he said.

Mr. Becker said the main broke underneath the road near the curb, and caused no flooding or traffic disruption.

Except for the two-block area, he said, the break did not cause water-pressure problems for Hampstead, and there was no threat to the water supply for the Fire Department.

"There are a lot of people that it inconvenienced, and we're sorry," the mayor said.

Hampstead maintenance workers, who had already put in a long night shift after Sunday's snowstorm, had to work through the night finding and fixing the break, he said.

"They deserve a lot of credit for doing that all night long," Mr. Becker said.

He said four men worked on finding and repairing the break, and at least two of them had been at the scene since 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

And if the expected snowstorm were to develop, Mr. Becker said yesterday afternoon, "the same guys that didn't get any sleep last night will be out on the roads tonight."

He said the maintenance crew that worked on the break included Tim Steger, Ken Brown, Kevin Hahn, and Maintenance Supervisor Roger Steger.

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