Updated at 8:56 a.m.
Tod Moles provided this new report via Edmonds Public Works Director Phil Williams, who has been onsite at Thursday morning’s Shell Valley-area water main break monitoring the conditions. The actual number of homes without water is now at 22. “The broken main appears to be closer to the edge of the road so the hope now is that there won’t be the road damage that was initially thought,” Moles said. “Crews have not reached the main, so the jury is still out on how long the repairs will take and how badly the road has been undermined.”
The estimated repairs to the main is now 10:30 a.m. Thursday, and the condition of the road stability is being checked by engineering, Moles said.
Updated at 8:16 a.m.
City of Edmonds Street and Stormwater Manager Tod Moles is now reporting the broken water main is “an 8-inch cast iron main, affecting 20 homes that will be out of water until we are able to make repairs.”
“The road will be closed for much longer due to the road base damage,” he said, adding that “there is also a retaining wall that has taken a hit.”
Updated at 7:50 a.m.
Tod Moles, the City of Edmonds Street and Stormwater Manager, reports “very serious damage” to Pioneer Way, which was closed by a water main break early Thursday morning.
“As we get more daylight, we will get a better handle on it,” he said. “Without a doubt we will have to open the road surface. This will not be a quick fix.”
The City’s Public Works Department issued a report at 7:15 a.m. Thursday that there was a water main break on Pioneer Way going down the hill into Shell Valley.
Pioneer Way is closed at Bowdoin Way, but the emergency access road is open to Shell Valley.