Thursday, September 12, 2019

Newport water leak
Newport Utilities Waterworks Manager Clint Hammonds reports that the utility Wednesday evening had a major water leak on Mineral Street. It was repaired by 4 am today. The line is the main feed to parts of the Cosby Road and the residential area around Newport Grammar School. Utility employees worked through the night to flush and clear the waterline. Newport Street Department employees also responded to block off streets in the area. The water leak between Ruble Street and Beech Street may have resulted in damage to some properties. Newport Police Captain Brad Ball said some homes on Ruble Street, Beech Street, Mineral Street, and Freeman Avenue, possibly sustained water damage in the leak that was reported at 8:45 pm. Asphalt at several locations on Mineral Street also began to break apart and became unsafe for travel. Also damaged were Union Cemetary and possibly the Old Time Gospel Missionary Baptist Church on Beech Street. Captain Ball said additional property damage reports may be filed at a later date. Hammonds reminds residents that the utility is working on a 20-year project to replace all cast iron water lines to minimize these types of occurrences.

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