Crews work on repairing a water main break on 31st Avenue Thursday morning

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A sizeable water main break in front of the building closed the Vernon Public Art Gallery Thursday

A sizeable water main break in front of the building closed the Vernon Public Art Gallery Thursday.

The pipe broke shortly before 1 a.m. in front of the gallery on 31st Avenue, resulting in water making its way into the facility.

“We are assessing everything today,” said gallery executive director Dauna Kennedy Grant Thursday morning.

“We will have to replace the flooring, we’re looking at the drywall and hopefully there is no damage to any of the pieces but that is also being assessed.”

Crews were on-scene quickly after the report of the break.

“It resulted in a fair amount of water coming out,” said Zee Marcolin, Greater Vernon Water manager.

“Crews responded as quick as they could so it wasn’t running too long. They isolated the break.”

Repairs were finished around noon Thursday, and 31st Avenue between 32nd and 33rd Streets will be closed until this afternoon as crews fix the road.

Southbound traffic on 32nd Street (Highway 97), the outside lane, was closed while repairs were conducted to line Thursday, and there was one block downtown in the morning where businesses were without water.

The water main break may have affected customers in downtown Vernon and Mission Hill areas, but as of 1 p.m. Thursday, the line had been flushed and all residents and businesses should have had water again.

Customers were asked to run cold water until it cleared.

Those who have health concerns, those with compromised immune systems, and anyone seeking additional protection can drink boiled water or a safe alternative.

Water quality testing was being conducted in the immediate area of the break.

What caused the line to break remained under investigation as of Thursday afternoon.

Southbound traffic on 32nd Street (Highway 97), the outside lane, was closed while repairs were conducted to the line Thursday, and there was one block downtown in the morning where businesses were without water.

The water main break may have affected customers in downtown Vernon and Mission Hill areas, but as of 1 p.m. Thursday, the line had been flushed and all residents and businesses should have had water again.

Customers were asked to run cold water until it cleared.

Those who have health concerns, those with compromised immune systems, and anyone seeking additional protection can drink boiled water or a safe alternative.

Water quality testing was being conducted in the immediate area of the break.

What caused the line to break remained under investigation as of Thursday afternoon.

 

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