16-inch water main break closes midtown street; Gushing water causes ground to buckle

TULSA - Several blocks are closed on a midtown street after gushing water caused the ground to buckle.  

It happened around 4 p.m. on Saturday near 21st and Wheeling.

Officials say the break runs from Yorktown to Utica. 

Hundreds of gallons of water flowed downhill on Saturday into the night before crews managed to shut off the water. 

"It's a pretty massive deal..I've never seen a water main break this big in my life," Tulsa resident Scott Fetgatter said. 

John Richardson, with the City of Tulsa, says he doesn't know how the break started, but he thinks it is weather related.  

So far three businesses are out of water because of the break; Olive Garden and Goldie's, officials say. St. John Medical Center has not been affected. 

As of Sunday morning, water had been restored to all area businesses. 

Officials say the waterline should be fixed in the next 24 hours, but drivers should plan to avoid 21st street near Utica Square.  

The City of Tulsa says crews have repaired 17 water lines Saturday. 

If you need to report a waterline break you can call the 24-hour emergency number, 918-596-7338.

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