Water line break in Bucktown floods streets


Leavitt and Moffat


Worker earlier in morning

A longitudinal crack along the 12 inch 1897 water main on Leavitt at Moffat is what caused flooding in the area, including Hoyne and Cortland, in the early morning hours of Monday, according to Barrett Murphy, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Water Management (DWM).  


Commissioner Murphy

It is hoped that service will be restored by end of day to residents along Leavitt. 

Water was initially standing in the street causing problems with parked cars. One resident, who has lived in the area for a year continually asked what the alderman was going to do as she tried to figure out how to get her car started. 

Despite the noise of a circling helicopter and trucks, she was not aware of the trouble in the street until she went outside to get in her car. Crews did come to assist her. 

On the east side of Hoyne, Jim Becker, a 20-plus year resident, empathized with his across the street neighbors and was glad that the problems were not worse.

Alderman Scott Waguespack, 32nd Ward, was in the area working to get as many issues solved as quickly as possible, as was Commissioner Murphy. 

Residents in the area have had their water intermittently turned off over the holiday as DWM has worked on sewers. Work on the water lines is not scheduled to occur until later this year, said Waguespack. 

Water levels had receded by about 10 a.m.



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