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Water line break collapses road in Havelock

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After two days of work, construction crews have finished fixing a piping problem in Craven County.

Crews repaired a leak in a water pipe on Pineview Street in Havelock, but the bridge over Joe's Creek Road is still closed for repaving.

Construction crews tell us that some time on Sunday a pipe started leaking, creating a hole in the ground.  Crews widened that hole to be 20-feet wide and 15-feet deep.
"They said the water was lifting the road up, and that it created a hole so that when people drove, they could have gone right down into it," said Debra Garth, who lives on Pineview St. "A lot of cars go up and down this road, and we have a lot of older people on this road. And heaven forbid if anything would have happened to the older people."

Water has since been restored to the 14 nearby homes that lost water on Sunday while crews worked to isolate the leak.

"Until we can get the pipe repaired and get some stable material in there, the road will probably be closed a couple days before we'll have it paved and completely open to traffic," said Malcolm Cieszko, construction supervisor.

Cieszko says crews were out until 2 AM Monday morning trying to repair the leak.

"I'm glad the city is aware of the problem, and that they're taking care of it so nobody does get hurt," said Garth.

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