The downside of a 66-degree day after a winter of freezing temperatures? Water main breaks.
An estimated 30-foot geyser sprung up Thursday afternoon at Millersport Highway near Transit Road.
The freeze-thaw cycle is being blamed for opening up a 2-inch hole on top of a 10-inch water main on the west side of Millersport about 1 p.m., Erie County Water Authority Deputy Director Robert J. Lichtenthal Jr. said.
"In that neighborhood, there is a lot of pressure on the mains because it's not far from a main pumping station – the Ball Pumping Station – near (the University at Buffalo)," Lichtenthal said.
Water authority crews closed valves on either side of the main, quelling the towering plume of water by about 1:35 p.m.