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Weekend Waterline Break In Hailey

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By Joey Martin

Hailey, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV) Three businesses in Hailey are closed following a water main break this weekend.

Joey Martin for Idaho’s first news was in Hailey and spoke with city officials on the cause... And caught up with one of the business owners.

At about 6:15 Sunday morning, a police officer on patrol noticed a massive amount of water rushing from the ground near the intersection of Bouillon and River Street.

Once crews arrived it was determined the cause was a ruptured water main.

"Several feet high and literally hundreds of thousands of gallons of water an hour coming from there, affecting both structures and the roadways in the area."

The city of Hailey’s water system runs in a grid pattern underneath the entire city.

On the morning of January 5th, one of those mains broke and the water came gushing out.

We fast forward to today...

The water is gone, but 4 structures and 3 businesses are left picking up the pieces.

"The first, that's closest to the water main that broke in the alley didn't have water damage. The second and third had some damage and the engineer has completed his review of those two buildings. This building next to me is still under review by the engineer that's been hired by the city.
Said Hailey City Administrator, Heather Dawson.

So what was the cause of this break?

"As of right now, we do not know how it happened. We do have the pipe and I do believe it's being investigated now."
Said Hailey Fire Chief, Craig Aberbach.

"It’s common for water breaks to happen during the winter. It's more common in service lines than in main lines."
Said Dawson.

as for the three businesses impacted by the flood waters... Business has been tough.

I caught up with one of those owners earlier this afternoon and asked him how things have been going.

"yeah... it's kind of sad and hard because we've just barely been open for about a year and things have been getting good. Just a lot of lost income. Usually were booked from 8 in the morning till 6 at night. And I have two people working with me who are out of work."
Said Owner of Gem Barbershop, Ariel Caballero.

Caballero has been in touch with the other business owners and says his shop and the Italian restaurant next door have been given the green light to move back in.

So for now it's just a waiting game.

Waiting for the cause and the green light to go back to work.

As for who picks up the bill… The city of Hailey and the business owners are working closely together to figure that out.




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