Service restored after water main break in Broad Ripple

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INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 14, 2015) – A water main broke near Broad Ripple Magnet High School Wednesday morning, creating a sinkhole and leaving the area covered with water.

It happened early Wednesday in the 6100 block of Compton Street. Crews working on the problem said they heard a bang and saw a car start to sink. The car was eventually removed from the resulting sinkhole.

Cold temperatures caused the water to freeze on the road. Broad Ripple Magnet High School is on a two-hour delay because of the problem. The school said middle school students will be taught at Shortridge while high school students will go to Forest Manor.

Citizens Energy said crews were working to fix the problem. At 7 a.m., the utility estimated repairs would take about five hours. Water service was restored by about 11 a.m. The water main was installed in 1927, and Citizens said cold weather and aging infrastructure contributed to the break.

In November, a water main broke in the same area. At the time, Citizens said aging infrastructure was to blame for the problem.