South Beach: Hit and run driver knocks out water for businesses and residents in South Beach south of 50th, east side of 101.
From Newport Public Works
Around 1:30am this morning a fire hydrant on Highway 101 in South Beach, just south of SE 50th Street, was struck by a hit and run driver, rupturing the 16″ water main. Because the broken hydrant was unreported, City crews were unaware of the break until approximately 5am.
Ditches along the highway flooded causing water to flood one residence and portions of the highway to be covered with water.
Because the broken hydrant was ultimately submerged, it is likely the water main is contaminated. City crews will be repairing the break, flushing, chlorinating the line, and testing through the rest of today (Saturday). Five properties on the east side of Highway 101 south of 50th are currently without water and it will not be restored until Tuesday morning when the City receives the results of the bacteria test.
Please contact public works at 541-574-3366 with any questions. Thank you.
Photos above are correct ones. NLC.com had the wrong hydrant up initially.