Lincoln City: Major Water Break: 4700 block of SW Beach – homes abutting drop-off to the beach were threatened
Friday morning update:
Public Works Director Lila Bradley told News Lincoln County the 8 inch water pipe that failed had a long crack in it that could have been caused by ground movement. She said recent heavy rains may have been a contributing factor. She said the big PVC pipe section was replaced water is again flowing normally. The street has been cleaned up. She added that an assessment of street and surface ground erosion is being conducted to determine whether repairs are in order and to what extent.
At around 9:45 Christmas night a ruptured water main in the 46 hundred block of SW Beach in Lincoln City sent a huge torrent of water across the ground and toward a drop off to the beach. But as it did, it was eroding the cliff face which posed a very dangerous threat to the homes situated near the edge of the drop off.
North Lincoln Firefighters arrived on scene within a few minutes but were quickly overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of the water moving up against and between the three homes between the break and the cliff. They called for an emergency response from city public works to shut off a valve upstream of the break. 9-1-1 dispatch reported that a public works worker was on his way to pick up equipment and that he had notified other workers to join him.
Meanwhile firefighters rigged a water diversion using a nearby fire hydrant to divert some of the water away from the break. And that helped for a while. But as time went on, eventually the sheer volume of the water was becoming a threat to other homes further down the street.
Public works workers finally arrived on scene and shut off the main water line upstream of the break, thereby averting the emergency. An assessment is likely to be ordered to ascertain if the accelerated erosion, due to the water line break, poses any lasting danger to the affected houses.
Minute by minute account of the emergency
A major water main break is gushing water onto the street at 4611 SW Beach Street in Lincoln City. Water running toward homes that back up against a large drop off to the beach below.
Reports from the scene indicate that it’s a very large leak, spilling thousands and thousands of gallons, according police.
9-1-1 Dispatch has contacted on-call public works contact. He’s getting a crew together and will be heading to the scene.
Fire truck from South Station enroute to the scene to try to divert water away from three homes on the west side of Beach Street that are threatened by the torrent.
9-1-1 Dispatch is calling Public Works Director Lila Bradley in an effort to report that repairs may require tearing up the street.
Reports from the scene indicate that water rushing toward the homes and over the drop off to the beach below is eroding the cliff face. The drop off is eroding so quickly that it’s beginning to endanger several homes. Level of urgency sounds like it’s growing by the minute.
Another fire truck is enroute to 4611 SW Beach. Firefighters will try to divert water away from the endangered homes.
Firefighters have successfully diverted most of the water away from the homes and down a storm drain. Situation improving.
Situation starting to deteriorate due to the volume of water in general in the area. Homes remain threatened.
Public Works has finally arrived on scene.
Water flow shut off by public works crew.