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Ruptured water mains keep PUC busy

Wednesday, February 12, 2014   by: Staff

Water is seen cascading down Pim Street near McDonald Avenue early this afternoon. Unconfirmed sources say it is from the water main break described in the PUC News release below.



SAULT STE. MARIE, ON (February 12) - At approximately 12 p.m., a water main broke in the vicinity of Pim Street, north of MacDonald Avenue.
PUC repair crews have been dispatched and have started repairs.

During the repair process, Pim Street will be closed between Bruce Street and Macdonald Avenue.

This road closure is necessary to ensure the safety of the travelling public as well as repair crews.

The street(s) affected by the service interruption are:

  • Pim Street


Yesterday, PUC Services Inc. was out dealing with at least one other water main break as shown by these photos submitted last night by loyal reader Lou Coccimiglio.

Coccimiglio says the photos show PUC crews at work on a water main that ruptured some time on Tuesday morning.

PUC Manager, Marketing and Customer Communications Randy Johnson tells that repairs were completed to this rupture at about 10 p.m. last night.

The break occured at the corner of Wellington Street East and Angelina Street. 

Johnson says PUC Services is anticipating busy season as frost pushes further down in to the ground this cold, long winter.
"We expect more of this to happen," he said. "We're trying our best to stay on top of things."
Johnson said that, while crews' first priority are to respond to service calls and repair damaged equipment, they also try to inform the public of service interuptions and road closures that may be needed to facilitate necessary equipment repairs.


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Christina216 2/12/2014 4:12:17 PM Report

thats pim st. (js)
Carol Martin 2/12/2014 4:16:48 PM Report

Yes, Christine - thanks for pointing that out. It's Pim Street until Bruce Street, I believe. Then it turns into Great Northern Road.
Christina216 2/12/2014 4:25:59 PM Report

before anyone says anything the mistake was fixed
Hamguy 2/12/2014 4:49:01 PM Report

It must be the fault of that New Building.
grannyannie 2/12/2014 5:18:03 PM Report

Angelina was not notified by any of the 3 crews about 9 men in total working on a pipe on our street for app 20 min. which gave them ample time to let their customers get water ready. it was off from about 1045 till 530. ample time before to let us know.
icemantbi 2/12/2014 5:42:50 PM Report

My mom went through the burst water main on wellington which caused the brakes to seize up and almost caused an accident. Thankfully the brakes came back but damage was done to the ABS, which would have to be fixed. Luckily its under warranty. The road should have been closed in order to make repairs as this could have turned into a bad situation. Considering the climate we live in, these watermains shouldn't be failing as they have been. Maybe the PUC should be focused in making the mains more resistant. Along with the brown water the PUC leaves alot to be desired in this city.
happy camper 2/12/2014 5:46:49 PM Report

Funny the equipment in the pictures are from the public works department . Do they help the puc out on these breaks ?
iamtc 2/12/2014 5:47:39 PM Report

Puc is making me sick brown water and no electricity for many hours and now obstacle course driving shame on you
timothyj84 2/12/2014 5:58:48 PM Report

lol not sure if some of you people are new to the area or what but if you have not noticed this winter has hammered us! if you think p.u.c. and our city clean up crews are not doing a good job. you need to give your head a shake... It's been a long long time since we had a winter like this....P.s. if you drive into the water on the road you are to blame..... not the weather not someone else for not closing the road.. you for seeing water and driving through it anyway... just saying
blondie4664 2/12/2014 6:00:42 PM Report

I'm not blowing hot air up any ones butt- yet here on McFadden Ave- yesterday big water main broke- street was flooded- yes I had no water all day- but we have bottled- and im not scared to melt snow in a pail for the toilet for a couple times- the PUC stayed here till almost 12.30 am- to get out water pipe fixed and working- for that I am grateful- and before they left they did sand the entire street as yes the water froze from the broken pipe...
As I stand right now- Im very happy with what they did here on my street....
I think they did a awesome job-considering the temps they had to work in yesterday and last night....
right wing 2/12/2014 7:20:46 PM Report

timothy...glad to read your post.
I would have been shocked if there had not been a bunch of whining and comments about brown water, bunch of babies.
timothyj84 2/12/2014 8:02:51 PM Report

Just Saying I think we owe a big thank you to the guy's at puc and our city crews that rush out to fix these problems! I have seen them trying to fix water leaks and plow or remove snow and people blow by them like they are an inconvenience...So Hats Off to the men and women who Fix these problems...Thank You!. IF YOU SEE THEM OUT SLOW DOWN AND GIVE THEM ROOM
Mr. Poster 2/12/2014 8:50:30 PM Report

It is a colder than normal winter. Pipes break...always have...always will. This is not the fault of the PUC nor the city. Live with it.
Sam C 2/12/2014 8:54:21 PM Report

happy camper... when the snow has to be pushed back to expose the area of the broken main, the BoW will assist. The PUC has a small backhoe-loader, but no graders or heavy plows.

timothy, blondie... that has also been my experience --whether its a power outage or a main break, the crews are prompt, courteous, and ready to put it on the line in ANY weather conditions.
wandering 2/12/2014 11:59:25 PM Report

never did see so many water main line bust like here in the Sault
S.M.A.R.T. 2/13/2014 12:52:18 AM Report

No matter what happens with the P.U.C., the new building will always be at fault and that's because it was and is a big mistake. In the meantime, the P.U.C. work crews did not make the decision to have the building erected and they're just out there doing their job. The work they do is productive and helpful which is more than I can say for all the highly paid fat cats that our governments and their agencies employ.
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