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Main Avenue water leak necessitates excavation downtown

A water leak in front of RiverBend on Main Avenue had city crews excavating the street to access the shut off valve on the water main. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)

City crews were busy Wednesday morning attempting to fix a water leak in front of RiverBend Home Expressions on Main Avenue in Park Rapids.

The leak started Saturday morning, said RiverBend owner Cynthia Jones. The leak is somewhere under Main Avenue in the line that goes into RiverBend's building.

"There's water pooling up underneath the sidewalk," said owner Ellis Jones."I'm sure there's probably a cavity or something like that. There is a little bit of water seeping into our basement but I can clean it up with a rag. It's not like a Gulf oil well leak."

City public works staff is digging up the street over the water main to reach the shut off valve to the RiverBend pipe. The business wasn't utilizing water from that pipe so it won't affect the service, Cynthia Jones said. RiverBend is connected to the neighboring business' water service.

Dean Christofferson, who works with the public works department, said the pipe looked like it rusted out.

Main Avenue reconstruction is slated to begin Aug. 2 and include new infrastructure to replace the failing system.

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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