Update: Service now restored after emergency water outage for parts of Suffolk

Posted at 10:37 AM, Dec 17, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-17 16:16:45-05

Update: Water service and water pressure have been restored to customers in the area. Crews will complete the installation of the hydrant today officials say. 

Crews are also working to restore the entrance to the Chuckatuck Branch Library. They expect the work to be completed today. 

Suffolk, Va. – An accident involving a fire hydrant has resulted in an emergency water shut off for some people in Suffolk.

A truck struck a hydrant in front of the Chuckatuck Branch Library this morning, causing a leak off of the 16-inch water main.

Crews are on site and have shut down the main for repairs. As a result, approximately 40 homes within the shutdown area, including Crumpler and Birch Lanes, will lose service during the repairs.

Residences and Businesses along the remaining portion of Godwin Boulevard/Route 10 to the Route 58 Bypass may experience low pressure but no lost service.

The duration of the outage will depend on whether or not the hydrant isolation valve was damaged. If the valve can be operated, the main can be turned back on. If the valve is damaged, it could take 6 to 7 hours for repair work to be completed.

Access to the Chuckatuck Branch Library is impacted, however, access can be provided via the adjacent property.

For more information, contact the City of Suffolk Public Utilities Department at 757-514-7000.