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Water Main Break Freezes Up Cunningham Rd In Taylors

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Water main break shuts down Cunningham Road. Water main break shuts down Cunningham Road.

Crews have wrapped up repairs to the pavement on Cunningham Road in Taylors after a water main break left 50 homes without water Thursday morning.

Greenville Water said at least 400,000 gallons of water gushed from the broken main, some of it freezing.

Two houses’ crawl spaces flooded.

Raymond Howell’s home was one of them.

“I've got heating equipment under there. I hope it doesn't ruin anything,” said Howell.

He spent his morning pumping it out.

His neighbor Jim Gurley's sink barely dribbled when he woke up this morning, so he went outside to see what was going on.

He saw Greenville Water crews rushing to fix the water main break caused by freezing temperatures.

The call came in to report the water main break at 5:45 a.m.

Greenville Water Chief Operations Officer Murray Dodd said they have no way of monitoring for breaks and depend on the public to call in problems. They do have a crew that goes out and looks for leaks.

“We have over 2,800 miles of pipe in the system, see, and it's one crew doing that," said Dodd.

So what do you do if this happens to you? Dante Russo at South Carolina Insurance Brokers said your home insurance should cover it.

“Really there's no one to point the finger at, just like lightning striking your house or an electrical fire. If there's no one that's negligent, then this is something that would be covered under a standard insurance policy for homeowners," said Russo.

In the meantime, Greenville Water said it's reevaluating whether the water lines in that neighborhood need to move up on their priority list for replacement. Dodd said it spends about $6 million a year replacing mains.

The main that broke this morning is from 1961, but it's by no means the oldest line in the area. Some of Greenville Water’s mains were installed way back in the 1890s.

Greenville Water said there's no way to predict or prevent the pipes from bursting because of Mother Nature. The cold weather and shifting soil causes the pipes to give way. Because so many of these pipes run under the roads, the cost of replacement is much higher.

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