Water main break sprays 40 feet into the air on W. Koenig Lane

A water main broke Nov. 30, 2017 at W. Koenig Lane and Woodrow Avenue (KXAN Photo)
A water main broke Nov. 30, 2017 at W. Koenig Lane and Woodrow Avenue (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Austin woman received a very unwelcome surprise as a water main break in central Austin shot water 40 feet into the air Thursday morning near her home. It forced the closure of West Koenig Lane while water crews responded to fix the problem.

“Ka-boom! 4:03 in the morning — good wake up call,” said Michelle Hunter, whose house is on the other side of the geyser and being flooded as water seeps into the area. She called 911 — concerned because her home had flooded twice in the last two years. It wasn’t the only thing flooding Thursday — something special in her back yard is also facing potential damage.

“My 1972 Corvette that I just got restored — it is under water,” Hunter said.

The 12-inch water main broke around 5:30 a.m. at the corner of West Koenig Lane near Woodrow Avenue. Koenig Lane was shut down between Arroyo Seco and Joe Sayers Avenue around 5:30 a.m., but one lane of traffic west reopened around 6:30 a.m.

A water main broke Nov. 30, 2017 at W. Koenig Lane and Woodrow Avenue (KXAN Photo)
A water main broke Nov. 30, 2017 at W. Koenig Lane and Woodrow Avenue (KXAN Photo)

Austin Water says it does not yet know how much water was lost, but no one’s service was shut down. Crews were able to complete the repairs around 2 p.m.

In October, a 16-inch water main break in east Austin shut down the road for days. At the end of June, hundreds of customers were without water in Georgetown when a 16-inch water main broke. Austin Water averages about 2,000 leaks a year.

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