Water main break creates traffic headache on Kemper Road

Posted at 11:36 PM, Feb 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-03 17:19:30-05

SHARONVILLE, Ohio -- A large water main break on Kemper Road means that drivers in the area could be dealing with delays as late as Saturday morning, police said.

The break happened between Lippelman Avenue and Chesterdale Road Thursday afternoon, according to pictures taken by the Sharonville Police Department, and the jets of water were so powerful that they sprayed above nearby power lines.

City crews quickly began working to repair it, shutting off the water at some nearby businesses and removing a chunk of the road to make the job easier. Still, said Sgt. Walter Cordes, the repairs would likely last until Friday night at the earliest.

By 6:45 a.m. Friday, the water was back on, but crews could not refill the hole since temperatures were too cold to allow asphalt and sealer to cure. They again predicted the road and pipe repairs would conclude by Saturday.

"We would ask people in the area to please be patient," Cordes said. "They’re doing the best they can -- this is obviously quite a big mess."