'We drill until we find it': Water main break slows traffic on Broadway

Steve Schutte, center left, and three other City of Quincy Water Department employees drill to find a damaged water main near 24th and Broadway on Sunday afternoon. (H-W Photo/Maggie Menderski)
Posted: Nov. 25, 2012 6:52 pm Updated: Dec. 9, 2012 7:15 pm

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

Traffic slowed and water gushed down Broadway between 22md and 24th streets as city water department workers searched for a water main break on Sunday afternoon.

Two of Broadway's four lanes were blocked on Sunday as Steve Schutte and his crew conducted a search for several hours for the damaged main. The crew arrived about 2 p.m., and by 5 p.m. the city employees had drilled at least 10 holes in street. Schutte anticipated it would take another 30 to 40 holes to locate the main beneath the pavement. Each new hole provided an audible clue as to how close the workers had drilled to the main. He suspected the search and repair would continue well into Monday morning.

"I told them you'll get to see a beautiful sunset and a beautiful sunrise," he said as he gestured east toward 24th Street. "We drill until we find it."

Schutte was unsure what caused the break. He speculated that dry weather or the main's age might have contributed to the problem.