Breaking News – Broken Water Line

 Early this morning a large water line broke under 300 S and 600 W.  Crews responded quickly but it still flooded three apartments and some homes.  I had a chance to visit with some of the residents this morning and found them very understanding.  Pretty good considering they had to jump into action at 3:00 a.m.

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Water Main Break

News Release 6:13 a.m.:

On Sept 27,2010 at approximately 2:30 A.M. Provo police dispatch received a complaint of a significant amount of water in the road at 600 W. 300 S. Provo.  Officers responded and determined a water line had ruptured at this intersection. The water department was called out and was able to get the line shut off at approximately 5:00 A.M. There were several homes that were damaged by the water. An assessment of the damage is ongoing at this time. Utah Disaster Kleenup was contacted and responded to begin cleaning up the affected residences. The cause of the water line rupture is unknown at this time

Update 7:14 a.m.:

Update on the water main at 600 West 300 South.  The culprit was an 8″ tee coming off the 20″ main line.  The open end of the tee was plugged many years ago with a lead plug, which blew out this morning.  Water is shut off from the main.  Approximate area without water is 500 W to 700 W, Center to 700 South.  They are equipping Franklin Elementary with portable toilets and will provide drinking water so the school can open.  Repair will include cutting out the old tee and replacing that section of 20″ pipe, and will take a few hours.  Red Cross is on hand and Utah Disaster Kleenup is enroute to address water damage issues in nearby apartments and homes.  We will likely be putting a couple families in motels for a few days pending cleanup.  The intersection of 300 S. and 500 W. is currently closed.

Update 5:50 p.m.: 

The part needed to fix the problem was found in Salt Lake City.  It has been installed, and the process of turning the water back on started about an hour ago.  Crews are now backfilling the hole in the road.
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Four Free Important Events Coming Up

Mayor’s Interim Report on Economic Development and iProvo
Sept. 30 at 7 p.m.
Covey Center, 425 W. Center St.

Roof  Top Concert Series
The Lower Lights
October 1st   8:00 pm
Provo Town Square Rooftop Parking Structure

Provo City Services Fair
October 4 th  4:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.,
Provo Towne Centre mall

Meet the Candidates
Sponsored by the Woman’s Legislative Council
October 7th 10:00 a.m.
Provo Library Academy Square

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The Famous Thomas Pumpkin Patch Party

If you missed this, make sure you get on the guest list for next year.  
Lots of food, fun and pumpkins for the kids.  
It’s the only place I know you won’t catch Charlie and Dan talking politics.
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Rooftop Concert October 1

Only six more days until the next concert in the Rooftop Concert Series.  Get there early because the last concert was a huge success.  I made sure the event was in my schedule, so I’ll see you there.
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5th Annual Wood Sculpture Show

Provo is home to the 5th Annual Wood Sculpture Show today and tomorrow at the Provo Library.  (See details below).  It was my lucky job to select my favorite for the “Mayor’s Choice Award.”  I picked the house above.  It stood out to me because I found it in the youth section.  
Also, my favorite is this one done by Provo Police Sergeant, George Besendorfer.  I hear that the Sergeant is also well known for his accurate and fast shooting skills.


5th Annual Wood Sculpture Show
September 24th and 25th
Event Hours: Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 9am-4pm
Admission: $3 General Admission
Location: Provo City Academy Square Library
Address: 550 North University Avenue, Provo
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Mayor Jerry Washburn – One of the Very Good Guys!

I have long admired Mayor Jerry Washburn.  In my book he is one of the very good guys out there.  
Orem has been very fortunate to have him serve them so well for so long.
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Residents Back in Homes

The big excitement today was a 16 inch natural gas line that was hit by the contractor for the Central Utah Pipeline for the Springville phase (not Provo Reach 1).  
The good news- no one was hurt.
Close to 1000 residents were evacuated out of their homes near 1860 South and State Street.  Thanks to Spring Creek Elementary we had a comfortable place for them to go and thanks to the Red Cross they were well taken care of once they arrived.  
Residents were allowed to go back to their homes several hours later.
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Exodus

Provo City is in the process of evacuating about 1,000 residents from their homes in southeast Provo.
We’re still waiting for the details, but apparently some construction in the area impacted
a major gas pipeline.  Residents are being evacuated to Spring Creek Elementary,
1740 S. Nevada Ave.  It could take 2-4 hours for the gas line to be shut off.
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