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Water pipe leak shuts down portion of busy West Seattle street

Eleven buildings are without water after a large water main break that flooded part of 35th Ave SW in West Seattle Monday night, forcing police to shut down several blocks. (Photo: KOMO News)

WEST SEATTLE - Nearly a dozen buildings are without water after a water pipe leak that flooded part of 35th Ave SW in West Seattle Monday night, forcing police to shut down several blocks.

Seattle Fire and Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) crews were called to the scene at the intersection of SW Avalon Way just before 6:30 p.m.

"Water was just gushing out of the crack in the road here. Like non-stop," said Ian Dobson, who lives nearby. "The whole section here was completely filled with water."

"It was crazy. The sidewalk was just covered in water," added Dobson's roommate, David Wolfson. "Luckily, everything was kinda draining off the side over there, so it didn’t get into the building or anything."

SPU shut off the water between SW Avalon Way and SW Manning St. so they could investigate.

The four-inch water pipe that leaked is a privately owned pipe that runs from a city water main to a newly-built apartment building, according to SPU. Crews said it could take until midnight to repair the line.

As the water began to recede, crews noticed damage to the road that will also need to be repaired.

An SDOT camera shows 35th Ave. SW reopened between SW Avalon Way and SW Alaska St. at about 5:45 a.m. Tuesday.


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