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Water main breaks in downtown Dallas, causing flooding on Akard and nearby streets

A break in a water main on North Akard Street in downtown Dallas caused significant damage to the pavement and minor street flooding Tuesday afternoon.

Dallas Water Utilities spokeswoman Estela Ornelas said a 12-inch water main broke in the area around 1 p.m. Tuesday. It was unclear when repairs would be finished.

The break hasn’t affected service to the utility’s customers in the area, Ornelas said.

Water was still seeping from the ground hours after the initial break around 1 p.m.(Jason Janik / Special Contributor)

The line has been under added stress while crews repair a 72-inch main that feeds into the area, she said.

“While the 72-inch [water main] is down, there is an increased flow and pressure on all pipelines in the area to maintain service delivery,” Ornelas said. “The 72-inch waterline is expected to be back online this weekend.”

As of about 4:30 p.m., Akard was closed south of Patterson Street. Water could be seen seeping from a roughly 4-inch crack in the pavement.

Isabel Chavez, who works at a taqueria inside an office building at the intersection, said water was gushing from the crack at about 1 p.m. The flooding scared off some of the restaurant’s customers, she said.

“At first the street was broken, then there was a lot of water,” Chavez said. “The customers canceled their orders and said ‘Bye.’”

In Old East Dallas on Wednesday, a water main break on Ross Avenue just east of the North Central Expressway service road caused flooding on Ross for several hours.

Service to that water main was restored Friday, Ornelas said. Repairs and cleanup are ongoing, she said, but no timeline for completion was given.


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