Hydrant replacement blow-out led to major main break near Outlets mall

City workers repair damage from water main break Thursday, at Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard, in view of I-95. (Tony Doris /The Palm Beach Post)

A routine effort to swap out a non-functioning fire hydrant Thursday led to a major water main break on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard that forced the closings of Palm Beach Outlet’s food court, Whole Food Markets and several restaurants.

Earlier reports that the break was caused by a truck hitting a tree were incorrect, Assistant City Administrator Scott Kelly said Friday.

City water workers conducting a scheduled¬†check of the hydrant near the Best Buy electronics store found it wasn’t working. When they went to shut a valve at 1:15 p.m. to isolate the hydrant from the 16-inch-wide main and replace it, the isolation valve broke, sending water under high pressure shooting out of the break.

The city called in four crews, backhoes and other equipment to tame the break. Service was restored at 4:15 p.m., Kelly said.

Traffic on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard was not affected and the malls shops did not close. The food court did. Whole Foods remained closed for the rest of the day.

During repairs, a city truck was used to remove a palm tree near the site for workers’ safety, as water was undermining the¬†roots. But contrary to earlier reports, the break was not caused by a truck hitting a tree, Kelly said.

Check The Palm Beach Post later for more details of the incident.


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