The main water break creates a giant sink under I-694, stops traffic in both directions



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A major water fault in Oakdale caused a giant sink on Sunday under Interstate 694, closing traffic in both directions and reducing water pressure for residents, officials said.

The 2 mile closure started around 9:15 a.m. north and south between 10th and 34th streets in the east suburb of approximately 28,000 residents, the Sheriff's Office said.

While police spokeswoman Michelle Stark said it was too early to calculate how long the closure would last, she emphasized that motorists should "Preplan a new route for [Monday’s] early in the morning and in the afternoon."

The rupture occurred in a 12-inch diameter pipe connected to the municipal water supply system, Stark said.

The hole formed under the north interstate of the upper pbadage of 15th Street and is visible in the median.

The interstate driving surface has not been affected, Stark said. No one has been injured, and no vehicle has found the hole, he added.

"We ask the public to conserve the water," he said. "The whole community will be affected"

Workers have been attending the pipeline since about 6 a. M., When some kind of problem was detected for the first time, said Stark.

Then, a little less than 3 hours later, a resident nearby, in the 1500 block of Hallmark Avenue, informed the police that there was water coming from the leak.

A city official said efforts were underway to refill the municipality's water tower. He estimated that the water pressure would return to normal sometime on Sunday afternoon.

Stark said that "there is no timeline" for the repair of the break, but the water shows signs of stabilization on Sunday afternoon.

Several neighbors near the flyover said they still had water in their homes, but they had noticed a decreased pressure as of 9:30 a.m.

Along with the interstate closure, the 15th is closed between Hallmark and Helmo avenues, he said.

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