MALONE — A burst pipe in a closed storefront forced the Village of Malone Department of Public Works to dig under Catherine Street for the shutoff valve Tuesday.
With temperatures hitting well below zero, the task was not an easy one for village employees.
DPW Supervisor Jerry Fisher said the problem was reported by someone in the neighboring business, American Village Dry Cleaners at 34 Catherine St., about 7 a.m.
DPW secretary Karen Elmer-Pritchard said the break was causing water “to run right down the street.”
Catherine Street was blocked to traffic as crews used a jackhammer to pound away on the street pavement to access the main valves underneath.
“The weather was cold, but it didn’t cause any problems. We had dig under there and find the valve and replace it,” Fisher said. “It had been damaged before during construction on the street.”
The former National Army Store at the corner of Catherine and Main streets most recently housed the Ashley Furniture Home Center, which went out of business in the fall.
Fisher said the closure of Catherine Street prevented drivers from going to the Dry Cleaners and one entrance to the International Border Company, but no other buildings lost water service.
Once the repair was made, the DPW workers continued work in the area to treat the ice buildup on the street that occurred because of the water leak.
The street reopened about 10:30 a.m.
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