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130-year-old water main breaks in Lockport, closing City Hall

LOCKPORT – One of Lockport’s oldest surviving water lines ruptured on Main Street in front of City Hall about noon Friday, causing the building to be closed early.

Mayor Anne E. McCaffrey said it was not the same pipe that broke in April 2014, causing street damage that still hasn’t been fully repaired. That was a 12-inch main dating from 1913. Friday’s broken pipe was an 8-inch main that was installed in the late 1880s, McCaffrey said.

Dale Lawson, water distribution maintenance supervisor, said finding two leaks that occurred in the pipe Friday was no easy task, since the ancient main was buried beneath underground electrical and telephone cables and a natural gas line. He was optimistic the repairs would be completed Friday night.