SEVERE WX: Winter Weather Advisory - Blizzard Warning - Winter Storm Watch View Alerts
STREAMING NOW: Watch Now
CLOSINGS: View Closings

Crews fixing sewer collapse in Mason City

Hole found in sewer pipe after two water main breaks in the same block earlier this week

Posted: Jun. 14, 2018 4:20 PM
Updated: Jun. 15, 2018 8:55 AM

MASON CITY, Iowa - A repair to a water main break from earlier this week led to the discovery of a sewer collapse in one Mason City neighborhood.

On Tuesday afternoon, city crews were working on a main break at the intersection 3rd Street SE and S. Rhode Island Avenue and got it fixed. A few hours later, another break happened in the same area.

Later, crews noticed that part of the sewer pipe had collapsed. The repair was more complex than city equipment could handle, so outside crews were brought in to fix it.

Faruk Jessa lives on Vermont Avenue, just on the other side of where the collapse took place. He didn't notice any noise or feel anything when the collapse happened, but has noticed crews working on the two main breaks.

He praises the city for having a plan in place for situations like these.

"We're very lucky to have such a fast response. Because in other cities, it may take a day, 2-3 days or 4 days, or sometimes a week before crews can get out. So we're definitely lucky as citizens of this town to have very quick service and turnaround," Jessa says.

We reached out to Mason City Utility Supervisor Joe Bohl, who says it's too early to determine when the hole will be completely fixed, but is expecting that roughly 30-40 ft. of sewer pipe needs to be replaced. Bohl believes ground saturation from the recent rain could be a factor in the water main breaks and sewer collapse.

Article Comments

Mason City
Broken Clouds
25° wxIcon
Hi: 26° Lo: 24°
Feels Like: 16°
Albert Lea
Clear
25° wxIcon
Hi: 26° Lo: 24°
Feels Like: 15°
Austin
Clear
28° wxIcon
Hi: 29° Lo: 27°
Feels Like: 20°
Charles City
Broken Clouds
27° wxIcon
Hi: 28° Lo: 26°
Feels Like: 16°
Rochester
Scattered Clouds
27° wxIcon
Hi: 28° Lo: 24°
Feels Like: 19°
Tracking ice accumulations to start your weekend and heavy snow and wind to end it.
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

Watch: Cat revived after early-morning fire

Image

Aerators off in Clear Lake draws plenty of opinions

Image

Tracking a Massive Weekend Winter Storm

Image

Flexible learning days getting test runs during snow days

Image

The Mayo Clinic bells are back

Image

FEB. 21 DISTRICT BASKETBALL

Image

FEB. 21 SECTION HOCKEY

Image

IGCA ALL-DISTRICT TEAMS

Image

Exhibit focuses on "Traveling While Black"

Image

Cottage Grove at Saint Mary's Place

Community Events