Water main break closes road, floods homes in Niles

North Road is closed off from Main Street to Woodglen Avenue

North Road in Niles is shut down because of a water main break.

NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – North Road in Niles is shut down because of a water main break.

The road is closed off from Main Street to Woodglen Avenue and several homes in the area, many of which are halfway houses, are flooded.

The Trumbull Board of Developmental Disability has been dealing with a smelly situation because of the problem for a while now.

Superintendent Edward Stark said it started two weeks ago when they noticed water backing up in the drains.

A plumber came out and cleaned the lines. The next day it happened again. The plumber discovered it wasn’t the Developmental Disability Board’s drains causing the issue – it was the city’s line.

“Last week we had a situation where sewage actually backed up through our drains and into our workshop,” Stark said.

The workshop closed and cleaning crews had to come out, costing over $9,000.

The problem happened again Wednesday. Some homes on the street had several inches of dirty water inside. At first, city works couldn’t figure out exactly what was leaking but then they zeroed in a hairline crack in the water line, leaking into an 80-year-old brick sewer.

“The water break underground carved out a path and infiltrated the system,” said Ed Stredney, Niles service director.

The water break is fixed but not the sewer.

“Now, we are looking into what we do 18 feet below ground to secure the problem,” Stredney said.

And until that issue is fixed more problems could occur.


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