Crews still cleaning up water main breaks, gas leak from Friday morning

Water main breaks, gas leaks ravel a.m. commute
Water main breaks, gas leaks ravel a.m. commute
Posted at 7:51 AM, Jan 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-05 12:24:53-05

Two water main breaks and one gas leak led to road closures Friday morning during the early rush hour.

The first major issue erupted just after 5:30 a.m. Friday on Branch Hill-Guinea Pike in Loveland between Loveland-Miamiville Road and Wards Corner Road.

BELOW: Chopper 9's view of the water main break


Crew members on the scene said the road will likely be closed through Friday afternoon. The road looked "like an ice skating rink" with spewing water quickly freezing into a sheet of ice. Our reporter on the scene said water shot at least 60 feet in the air for nearly two hours.

BELOW: WCPO reporter Ally Kraemer's Facebook Live from the Loveland water main break

Less than an hour later, a second water main broke on Johnson Road between Harrison Avenue and Reemelin Road in Green Township. 

At 6:33 a.m. Friday, Taylor Mill police reported a "significant gas leak" on Kollman Road. Police advised drivers to "use caution in the area."

Gas line and water main breaks throughout the Tri-State were the cause of several school closures earlier in the week. By Friday, nearly 150 schools closed -- but many cited bitter cold temperatures as the main reason for the closures.