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Water Dept. repairs leaks after accident


October 13, 2017

Brandon L. Summers

Sidney Water Department repairs a water leak at 13th Avenue and Forrest Street on Oct. 6. A series of leaks erupted along Forrest Street after a runaway tow-truck struck a fire hydrant at 10th Avenue. A new valve is being added to the 10th Avenue hydrant with an automatic shut-off. Ed Sadler, city manger, lauded the crews' week-long efforts, saying, "They've done yeoman's work."

A tow-truck lost its brakes and struck a fire hydrant at 10th Avenue and Forrest Street on Oct. 6.

Sidney Water Department crews spent the cold, moist Friday repairing the hydrant and the series of leaks along the street that followed.

"The new (hydrants) are break-away," Ed Sadler, city manager, said. "They shut themselves off. They break at the top and there's a valve down below. This is one of the older ones, so when it broke (the truck) went over the top of it, it not only broke off the fire hydrant but it grabbed the pipe as the vehicle rolled over and pulled it."

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