Water main break led to hourslong closure of Bellefonte street

A portion of Water Street in Bellefonte was closed for about 19 hours starting Thursday evening after a water main break.

The stretch of road between the intersections of Water Street/High Street and Mill Street/Stoney Batter was closed about 6 p.m. Thursday after water was “coming up through the road,” borough Manager Ralph Stewart said. It reopened about 1 p.m. Friday.

No customers were without water, though some may have had low pressure, Stewart said. The borough is not yet sure what caused the break.

Water Street, Bellefonte
Water Street in Bellefonte was closed in both directions Friday morning after a water main break. Bret Pallotto

“This was an unusual break,” Stewart said. “Normally what we have is some settling in the ground, and we usually see a pipe snapped — a clean break. This was a little bit more unusual in that it was along the length of the pipe — about a seven or eight foot section — that created a leak.”

Stewart commended the crew working to repair the leak, as the group finished their shift about 3 p.m. Thursday, responded to the break about three hours later, worked throughout the night and continued to work on the leak Friday.

“We have a tremendous work crew and personnel in our water system,” Stewart said. “I certainly want to recognize our outstanding personnel in the water department that really make things happen. ... They really went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure that no one lost water and get the road back open.”

Bret Pallotto primarily reports on courts and crime for the Centre Daily Times. He grew up in Lewistown and graduated from Lock Haven University.