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January 19th, 2009
Cause of Hopkins Street geyser unknown – Updated

By ANDY SEVILLA

Associate Editor

A water main broke at Hopkins Street and C.M. Allen Parkway Monday afternoon, setting off a geyser that shot water, gravel and rocks 50 feet in the air.

City officials are not certain of the cause or extent of the damage. San Marcos Emergency Management Coordinator Ken Bell said he suspects a machine used for Capital Improvement Projects could be at fault, but initial reports have not yet identified a culprit.

Bell said the road needs to be dug up and the water pumped out before workers can identify a cause and assess the damage.  The incident took place at approximately 3:00 p.m. and was contained at 5:30 p.m. Bell said the water could not be turned off until the valve was isolated, so as to not impact the entire community.

“We needed to narrow things down,” Bell said. “We can’t turn the water off for the whole city.”

The Texas Department of Transportation, San Marcos Water and Waste Water Department, San Marcos Electric Department, and the Public Works Department were all present on site and collaborating in efforts to alleviate the situation.

“We’re always on call,” Bell said. “We have a high turnout of folks out here even for a holiday. I don’t think we ever really get a holiday.”

Hopkins Street was closed between C.M. Allen Parkway and Riverside Drive.

At last report an estimated time of complete repair could not yet be determined. Bell said a full analysis of the pipe and the street were chief on the agenda.

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