Water line struck near airport

By From page A3 | February 25, 2013


THE ANDERS' RESIDENCE and driveway near Airport Road is flooded after workers installing a fence at the airport hit a water main. Several homes were in the path of the flood water and the road was closed to traffic for several hours while crews cleaned up the mud and debris. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene

A waterline beside the Placerville Airport was struck Friday morning, causing water to pour out and affect homes downhill.

A fencing contractor hit an 8-inch PVC waterline, said El Dorado Irrigation District Communications and Community Relations Director Mary Lynn Carlton. Water was restored and “the repair of the line itself went pretty fast,” Carlton said. The rushing water “left a lot of mud debris on the road” and crews were dispatched to clean the road.

On scene, light-brown mud covered the road up to the airport, with American Fence Co. employees blocking the already-closed road with a truck while a Bobcat tractor cleared the mud away. By noon, only a trickle of water remained.

“We will also need to repair some of the earthen area directly below the break and that will be completed in the next couple of days,” Carlton said, noting only the airport’s water was affected by the break. “However, there was some flooding of driveways for five to six houses and one house may have had some water intrusion. We are working with the homeowners to assist them in the cleanup process.”

Cole Mayer

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