NORTH ADAMS -- A water main break on Harris Street on Friday left homes without water, flooded the street with mud, collapsed pavement and raised manhole covers.
Crews were out addressing the issue for the majority of the day on Friday. At press time Friday evening, Mayor Richard J. Alcombright said water pressure was slowly returning to homes near the break. Fixing the issue proved to be very difficult, he said.
"The biggest disappointment is not the fact that it broke. It's the fact we couldn't turn it off," he said.
The break occurred at roughly 5:30 a.m. above Hathaway Street, Alcombright said, and sent water rushing down Harris Street.
Alcombright said city workers discovered that shut-off gates could not be turned off, leading them to find other ways to repair the pipe.
"They were going street to street to manhole covers," he said. "Finally workers opened up fire hydrants to take the pressure off the pipe so we could make the repair."
The northbound lane of Harris Street was undermined and a section of pavement near the intersection with Hathaway collapsed, he said.
"Right now, crews are stabilizing the road," he said. "They're taking a lot of the blacktop chunks and they are putting that back in the hole. On a later date, they'll have to dig everything back up."
The flow of water raised manhole covers, he said, along with the asphalt apron leading to the North Adams Ambulance Service's driveway.
"We got a big job to do," Alcombright said of the repairs which will continue into next week. "We'll probably look to our insurance to help us with this."
The outage resulted in service being disrupted for homes on Harris, Tyler, Dougan, Palmer, and Adams Streets, and on River Street between Brown and Tyler Streets.