BOARDMAN, Ohio (WYTV) – Several broken water pipes along Southern Boulevard in Boardman caused flooding and traffic jams Wednesday.
At 2 p.m., a tractor trailer heading southbound made a left turn onto U.S. 224, striking a fire hydrant. An 8-inch water line under the roadway then ruptured and the road buckled as a result of water damage.
“It all began when a truck turning onto Southern Boulevard hit a fire hydrant and cleaned it off, and then it slowly progressed to where water was bubbling up through 224 and buckling the pavement. We were worried about a sink hole,” said Boardman Assistant Fire Chief Don Kloes.
Youngstown Water said the pipe ruptured as a result of the truck striking the fire hydrant. As of Thursday morning, the break has been repaired and Southern Boulevard is open, but about 20 water customers are under a boil alert. Those customers affected have been notified with door hangers.
Shaun Butler, owner of Burkland Monuments on 224 and Southern Boulevard, said he lost customers as water continued to spill into the intersection.
“It just rose right up. It looked like it was going to swallow the intersection…No one can get in or out, so we’re going to be here for a while,” he said Wednesday afternoon.
Just as crews finished correcting the first break and turned the water back on, two other pipes along Southern Boulevard southbound burst. Crews shut the water off once again and repaired those lines.