Water break battled

MARTINS FERRY – A major waterline break has the plagued the Purple City once again.

Crews were on the scene earlier today near the intersection of Madison and Indiana streets where water had flooded the neighborhood.

Mayor Phil Wallace, who was at the scene early today, said the water was still running as The Times Leader went to press.

“We’re not sure how it happened,” Wallace said of the break. “We’ve got to get it shut off before we can start any repairs.”

The mayor said crews weren’t sure whether the pipe is 6 or 8 inches in diameter.

According to reports, water was filling the basement of an adjacent house.

“I’m not sure how much of the city is affected by the break,” Wallace continued. “We’ve got to get the water turned off before I can make any determinations.”

A portion of South Zane Highway was shut off to traffic while crews were working on the break. Adjacent streets were also closed to traffic.

North can be reached at knorth@timesleaderonline.com