by Lori Tipton
Friday, February 12, 2010
PALMER, Alaska -- More water main woes hit Palmer Friday, as officials declared an emergency when a pipe started leaking near downtown.
It happened at the intersection of West Dolphin Avenue and North Alaska Street. By declaring an emergency, the city can begin stockpiling pipe in case a serious break happens.
Director of Public Works Carter Cole says the problem pipe is out of date, and should have been replaced more than 10 years ago. City officials planned to replace it this summer.
"Currently it's isolated, and we're hoping that the leak can wait for our normal construction season," Cole said.
Last June, the city was forced to replace the water main running through downtown under South Alaska Street after it burst and created a sinkhole.