AKRON, Ohio - A rusty steel band inside a 42-year-old concrete pipe led to massive water main break that damaged several homes and led to boat rescues in a West Akron neighborhood, according to city officials.
Service Director John Moore said a replacement pipe is expected to arrive Monday afternoon, but crews may not install it until tomorrow.
Moore said a section of the pipe also ruptured last November and the city wants to use specialized equipment to examine the existing pipe before making final repairs.
"These pipes done in the 70's are notorious for these kind of breaks," Moore said.
Moore explained that the rusty, metal band embedded in the pipe created a hole, which led to the rupture under 100 pounds of pressure.
The 36-inch pipe broke on West North Street, and within minutes, several neighborhood streets were flooded as a few million gallons of water flowed, leaving some people trapped on their front porches.
Akron firefighters used inflatable rescue boats to save several people, including children, from the rushing waters.
On Monday, several residents returned to their home and cars to assess the damage and clean up the mess.
Water and mud crept inside Kimberly Walls' car, a 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis. Her two GPS devices inside the vehicle were destroyed.
She was told not to start it for a few days, and much to her surprise, the engine turned over when she turned the key to the car with more than 333,000 miles on it.
"This is my girl. I've had her for a few years," Walls said.