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Crews working to repair additional water line breaks in east Tulsa

The Water Department says it repaired two broken water lines near 21st and Garnett Wednesday, but two more water lines broke in the process. Crews started work around 11 a.m. and are expected to be out there for at least eight hours. (KTUL)

Crews are back in east Tulsa Thursday working to repair additional water line breaks.

The Water Department says it repaired two broken water lines near 21st and Garnett Wednesday, but two more water lines broke in the process. Crews started work around 11 a.m. and are expected to be out there for at least eight hours.

Two eastbound lanes of 21st Street are closed between 107th East Avenue and 111th East Avenue. Traffic is being diverted into the westbound lanes.

Seven businesses were affected by the water line issues Wednesday and again on Thursday.

Ace Liu and Alan Jiang are the managers of Buffet Palace, one of the handful of businesses that had to close down because of the water line breaks.

"It really sucks honestly, for the workers and for us because a lot of workers depend on their income," Liu said. "We open every single day and every holiday as well, so we love our customers and want to see our customers as much as possible, so this is pretty tragic."

The City is working tirelessly to fix the breaks, but it is a long process.

"Once we begin excavating it could take anywhere from six to eight hours to make the repair," Josh Bilby with the City said.

Bilby says it is an on going problem.

"There's no definite reason for what happened," he said. "Older pipes sometimes have weak spots and break, this occurs a lot. It just happened to occur frequently in this location."

Liu is hoping the pipes will hold from now on.

"One, two days we are OK but anymore is really frustrating," he said.

But Liu has faith in the City and even more so in his business.

"We are definitely going to do our best to bounce back one way or another," he said.

The Water Department says the water lines in the area are old and breaks can often happen when repairs are being made on other lines.


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