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Water main break shuts down portion of Holcomb Street in Watertown

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WATERTOWN — A water main break near Ten Eyck and Holcomb streets in the city has closed a portion of Holcomb Street.

How many people are affected and what caused the break were not immediately available.

The area that broke appears to be some of the piping slated to be replaced using part of the city’s American Rescue Plan Act funds.

The plans include replacing about 1,370 feet of 8-inch cement lined, cast-iron pipe on Holcomb, Mullin and Ten Eyck and Chestnut streets to Barben Avenue.

The entire project has been billed as the city’s largest investment ever in water main work, with up to 20,102 feet, or 3.8 miles of new steel pipe to be installed. The nine water main projects vary in size and cost, from $200,000 to $1.4 million.

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Issue with water main floods part of Bradley Street

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WATERTOWN — An issue with a water main sent water flooding onto Bradley Street Friday morning.

It appears at least one break to the water main on Bradley Street, near the intersection of Burdick Street, caused the flooding. It was noticed by drivers and after nearby businesses lost water pressure.

Crews from the city water department were on scene to shut the water off, and nearby businesses cut their water as well.

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Sherman Elementary to go virtual for two days following water main break

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WATERTOWN — Sherman Elementary School will remain physically closed until at least Thursday following a water main break that occurred over the weekend.

Repairs wrapped up Monday, and the water has been turned back on, but testing must be completed over the next few days before business as usual can resume. Sherman Elementary students will be fully remote for at least Tuesday and Wednesday, and that may be extended depending on the results of the water sample testing.

“If we have any glitches with testing of the water samples, I will be updating our parents through ParentSquare,” said District Superintendent Patricia B. LaBarr. “We just have to get through the timestamps on the required time on the water testing, and hopefully we pass everything and we come back to school on Thursday.”

According to Mrs. LaBarr, the first water was sampled at 3 p.m. Monday. Twenty-four hours later, a second water sample will need to be collected. The first test should come back in 16 hours, so Mrs. LaBarr said the district is hoping for results by around noon Tuesday to see if there is anything present in the water that shouldn’t be.

Chromebook pick-up has been extended in the Sherman gymnasium between 8 and 10 a.m. Tuesday. On Monday, the school had rotating staff in the gym for parents and students to go and pick up their Chromebooks. The district also sent out three buses in the afternoon to all of its bus students to give them the option to pick up their Chromebooks at their usual bus pickups.

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