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Engineers keep close eye on overpass after water main break

Tom Wright Tom Wright
Kelley Dearing-Smith Kelley Dearing-Smith
Area under Eastern Parkway washed out the the water main break Area under Eastern Parkway washed out the the water main break

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Roads are still closed and there's a big mess that was left behind after one of Louisville's biggest water main breaks ever. Cracked and crumbling concrete marks the area of a massive Monday night water main break. The side of a hill near the Eastern Parkway overpass was also washed away.

Engineers with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet are starting the process of pumping out the water to get a better look at the foundation of the bridge.

"We'll be able to get a little better look at it and see what happened underneath and how much the soil was washed out. We don't see anything that really concerns us ... structurally nothing that would cause any problem, but we won't really know until we get in and get the water out," engineer Tom Wright said.

The break was in a 48" main, the second biggest line in the whole system.

"This was a major failure in our system," Kelley Dearing-Smith with the Louisville Water Company said.

The gushing water flooded fields, streets, and parking lots. The main was isolated Tuesday morning, and the company is now in recovery mode.

"What that means is we're still filling the storage tanks that lost water last night. Folks who had low pressure last night should see a marked improvement today," Dearing-Smith said.

About 75,000 people had no or low water pressure after the break.

Floyd Street from Eastern Parkway to Warnock Avenue will remain closed Wednesday.

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