Bellaire,Bridgeport experience major water problems

WATER?WOES are plaguing the Ohio?Valley.

Bridgeport and Wheeling experienced major issues Wednesday. Meanwhile, this morning, many residents in Bellaire awoke to no water, due to several line breaks.

Consequently, some schools in the All-American Town were canceled and icy conditions were reported on several streets, including Ohio 149.?Repairs are expected to be completed today.

“The village had four active water breaks on Wednesday. One of the breaks occurred on Washington Street. The village was unable to isolate this break; thus the West Bellaire and main water tanks had to be shut off, which left the entire town with out water. This break was been repaired as of 1:30 this morning,”?said Village Administrator Dan?Marling. “The village’s distribution crew, mayor and street crews worked throughout the day and evening, and night to make the repairs. Today’s work will include two additional breaks on Monroe Street and Central Avenue.”

WORK?TO repair a waterline break on Howard Street in Bridgeport is finished, but workers are still dealing with the Laipple Street break.

Bridgeport Water Department office clerk Robin Bursee said two line breaks occurred Wednesday morning – one on Laipple Street and another on Howard Street.

The Howard Street break happened near the Marion Street bridge intersection, forcing the closure of that section of Howard Street. Black ice could be seen covering the road. Motorists were forced to find detours on their morning commutes to work.

By about 2 p.m. the Howard Street work was finished.

“Howard Street is complete now and only residents who lost water in that area are under a 48-hour boil order,” Bursee said. “On Laipple Street, they’re assessing that to see if they can direct the water running off of it so it’s not running down onto (U.S. 250).”

Bursee said crews would be working on that break today.

“No one is without water now – it’s not that bad of a leak. It was running onto U.S. 250 and it was freezing. They want to redirect the water so it doesn’t cause iciness. They may do that first and then start work tomorrow,” she said.

Bursee said people probably would not have discolored water unless they lost water service. In that case, those people also should boil their water before using it during the next 48 hours.

Another break occurred Monday on Main Street in the village causing some businesses and residents to lose water. Some Howard Street residents who experienced discolored water were anticipating the boil order from that break to expire Wednesday evening.

IN?WHEELING, Wetzel Street residents who live in the 3700 block were issued a 48-hour boil order due to waterline break there Wednesday. ?A water line break also occurred Wednesday night in?North?Wheeling, causing some disruption of service and yielding icy road conditions.

  • Editor’s note:?Shelly?Hanson of The Intelligencer also contributed to this story.

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