Break Isolated, Repairs to Begin

After working around the clock since Thursday afternoon, city water workers isolated a 12-inch waterline break on 31st Street by about 3 p.m. Friday.

Public Works Director Russell Jebbia said while the break had been located, a shutoff valve close to the damaged section broke and workers had to install the new valve before the repair could be made. He said workers would take Friday night off to sleep and start the repair work this morning.

”They broke one of the two last night while trying to close them down,” Jebbia said of the valves.

Valves farther down the line first had to be shut off to stop the water and allow for the installation of the new valve. Because of this, residents between 29th and 35th streets likely were without water for a few hours Friday. Residents have been under a boil order since the break occurred.

Now that the new valve has been installed, water service can be restored to most residents with the exception of two buildings next to the break. One residence has a temporary line. And a supply store, which was closed Friday, will be without water for its restrooms during the repair work today.

The break occurred at the intersection of 31st and Eoff streets about 4 p.m. Thursday in the South Wheeling neighborhood, causing a deluge of water to flood Eoff and Chapline streets. Jebbia said Thursday that like many of the city’s waterlines, many valves also are 100 years old.

According to the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department, the boil order includes those living on Valley Boulevard and 28th Street.

No one in that area should drink or use water for city washing or brushing teeth or food preparation until it has been boiled for at least a minute and then cooled.