Kingsford details water main break


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KINGSFORD – A water main break that occurred Dec. 10 temporarily reduced water pressure in portions of Kingsford and cause a complete loss of pressure for some customers in the East Kingsford area of Breitung Township, Kingsford City Manager Tony Edlebeck reported Monday.

The break in an eight-inch main near the intersection of Breitung Avenue and Hooper Street caused minor flooding at two residences, which the occupants were able to control themselves, Edlebeck told the council. Water pressure was restored within a couple of hours and repairs were completed the next day, he said.

In terms of water loss, Edlebeck added, the break was among the worst he’s seen in 28 years with the city. The break caused flooding on the 100 block of Hooper Street, as well as flooding into yards. Four valves at the intersection were closed to stop the outpouring.

Because of the loss of pressure, Breitung Township issued a boil water alert for East Kingsford that was in effect for about 1 1/2 days, Edlebeck said. The alert was lifted after a water test showed no pathogens.

Due to sediments, water was temporarily discolored in the Breitung and Garden Village areas of Kingsford. The city issued no advisory after consulting the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department.

The break occurred at about 4 p.m. Dec. 10, with temperatures dipping below zero. The daytime high was 5 above on Dec. 11 as public works crews wrapped up their repairs.

In other action Monday, the city council:

– Approved used equipment sales to the high bidders as follows: 2005 Chevrolet Impala, $1,511, Chris and Gerald Hallman, Iron Mountain; 2007 Chevrolet Impala, $1,684, Chris and Gerald Hallman, Iron Mountain; 2008 Dodge Charger, $2,618, Yousef Dabbagh, Island Lake, Ill.; and 1996 Chevrolet 2500 pickup truck, $596, David Lindow, Florence, Wis.

– Learned that 43 deer have been harvested through the city’s managed archery hunt, which continues through the end of the year.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has approved 100 antlerless permits for this year’s hunt.

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