TULSA — UPDATE: City crews have restored service in east Tulsa after a waterline break near 21st Street and 129th East Avenue.
Crews are responding to a 12-inch water main break that happened early Friday morning in east Tulsa.
The break happened at about 2:30 a.m. near 2100 South 129th East Avenue.
Officials said there was a hole on top of the pipe which caused the road to buckle and chunks of asphalt to fly in several directions, even hitting a part of the stoplight above it.
Crews are working on repairs for the pipe, and the road will be repaired afterward. Pipe repairs are expected to take between 12 and 16 hours. In total, repairs are expected to take several days.
An intersection in the area is a four-way stop for the time being.
AEP was forced to shut the power down for a few hours because water was shooting into the primary electric lines.
The power has since been restored.
Officials said heat was a possible cause of the break.
“With everybody filling their pools, drinking water, cooking," said Blaine Parnell, Utilities System Operations Manager. They just use more water this time of year and the ground with it drying out a little now is contracting. You have all different kinds of factors.”
Fifteen businesses in the area are out of water as crews work to repair the damage, which was expected to last about 10 to 12 hours.
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