Middletown schools back open Thursday after a “very serious water main break”

Water crews are working to repair a water main break in Middletown (WTNH / Kent Pierce)

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — Crews spent Wednesday repairing a 24″ water main on Silver Mine Road in Middletown. The massive water main break happened before 5:00 a.m. One million gallons of water was lost carving a huge trench down the road.

“We just lost an incredible amount of water. The system couldn’t keep up replenishing it as fast as we were using it. It was gushing so much water that it prevented the other pipes that fed more people from gettting the water they needed to supply the rest of the city,” said Middletown Mayor Daniel Drew.

Tanker trucks from towns as far away as North Stonington were sent in to supply water in case of an emergency.

“If we had had a structure fire and we didn’t have the ability to run full fire suppression out of a hydrant, we needed tankers on hand,” Drew said.

The Mayor says Middlesex Hospital had dirty water. As a result, the hospital postponed surgeries and held off on taking new patients.

“Out of an abundance of caution we brought in portable water tucks and the Westfield Fire Department sent a tanker truck out to help pump water help pump water into the hospital’s heating system when the water level was low,” Drew added.

Middletown schools were closed for the day while the water was tested. Some businesses shut down while others stayed open.

“I came in later on to make sure everything else is still going good. Water pressure wise, downstairs bathroom, upstairs bathroom, all the faucets and my dishwasher,” said Matthew Lockwood, owner of Carmela’s On The Extension.

Carmela’s On The Extension pitched in, feeding the repair crews and fire fighters.

“The water guys down the street we are bringing them pizzas to make sure they are fed too. That is my goal not just about money but helping out the community,” said Lockwood.

Mayor Drew told New 8 water levels are back up to normal pressure. The water will be tested for several days to make sure it is safe to use and drink.

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