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Crews worked round the clock early last week to repair a 12-inch water main break on Southeast Avenue at Interstate 76. City officials were alerted to "water bubbling" under the expressway on Feb. 13 at 3:30 p.m., according to Mayor Dave Kline. Upon arrival, first responders confirmed a water pipe installed in the 1960s had burst underneath a telephone pole "holding 20,000 volts of electric."
Tallmadge crews addressed the situation with assistance from Ohio Edison, which dispatched employees to literally hold the telephone pole up in the air as repairs were made, the mayor reports. The Tallmadge and Mogadore fire departments and Akron water department assisted as well. A bypass pipe was temporarily installed above ground to provide affected residents with water.
The pipe was repaired in 24 hours and water service returned. Kline said he had no cost estimate at press time Feb. 16.
Affected residents were without water for two hours on Feb. 13 and 1 1/2 to two hours on Feb. 14. Residents of Southeast Avenue from I-76 to Saxe Road were temporarily placed under a boil water advisory, which has since been lifted.