Got a call early yesterday morning from our Collinsville next door neighbor who told me our street was filling up with water. He thought we had a water main break but couldn't tell if the break was in front of our house or down the street. But, water was bubbling up pretty fast from our curb and the water was running over the sidewalk at the end of the block. We're up higher than those houses near the corner so water flows down, not up hill, so most likely the break was in front of our house.
We had no idea if the break was on our property or city property, but certainly hoped it was not ours since we had our line replaced a couple of years ago. Our neighbor John called the city and was told someone would be out when they got into work. Dale had to be over in Collinsville to officiate at a funeral so he left right away to see what was going on and check our basement for water. No water in the basement.
While he was at the house a water department person arrived and after a very brief check knew it was the city's line because the road surface was spongy from water. And he was right. Thankfully. The water guys did a great job, thorough and efficient. They had to cut a wide rectangle in the street to get at the problem, fixed the line and filled in the hole. All in fairly good time all things considered. There was a boil order and at this point I don't know if it has been lifted.
Hopefully the gravel fill will be topped with a permanent surface at some point. We thank the water department for their work.