Traffic should begin moving again soon on a section of Airline Drive near the site of a major water main break. As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, Bossier City utility crews were working to clear mud and debris from the roadway between Patricia Drive and Murphy Street. Bossier City spokesman Mark Natale said he expects three lanes of the street to reopen by noon.
Natalesaid a police officer noticed water in the roadway around 1:00 a. m. City crews later found out that a 16 inch water main leading directly from a water tower on Airline Drive had broken. The water problem quickly increased, leading to flooding on the street, and the near flooding of vehicles and businesses in the area.
"It was already to the bottom of my truck, and my truck already has four inches of lift on it," said Leo Nutt, an employee of nearby Papa John's Pizza. Nutt was preparing to leave work after closing when he realized he had to move his vehicle out of harm's way.
Utility crews, meanwhile, worked to shut off the water supply. Natale said homes and businesses in that immediate area may not have any water until repairs are made to the broken pipe. Several daycare centers nearby shut down as a result of the pipe problem.
"They hope to get the line repaired at least by midday," Natalee said. "But there's a strong possibillity that this portion of Airline Drive is gonna be in need of some lengthy repairs."
The lane closure will continue until further notice.
The water main break has also left fire hydrants high and dry. Natale said the city has brought in a 3000 gallon water tanker truck from the Bossier Parish Fire Department just in case there's a fire.