Virginia Beach crews tackle water main break

Posted at 10:30 AM, Jan 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-05 17:30:36-05

Virginia Beach, Va. (WTKR) -  The first taste of winter is keeping Virginia Beach Public Utilities crews busy.

Tuesday morning they responded to a small water main break at the Oceanfront on 25th Street.

Crews attribute the break to the cold temperatures and the fact that the pipe is made out of older cast-iron material.

Jim Cherry is the Water Operations Manager for Virginia Beach Public Utilities.

He says the changing temperatures have crews keeping a close eye on city infrastructure.

"Shifts in the temperature of the water in the pipe compared to the soil and those stresses and strains that it introduces on those metal pipes will physically just shear at weak points," Cherry explained to NewsChannel 3's Todd Corillo Tuesday.

Cherry says crews are on standby to address any other issues and urges homeowners to also keep an eye on the pipes inside their homes.