A four-inch water main break shut down Sandford Court in Annandale on Monday morning.
Resident Tom Fields told Annandale Patch via e-mail that water was gushing from the pavement around 6:30 a.m. and the road caved in, causing Sanford Court to close to incoming and outgoing traffic.
Jeanne Bailey, spokesperson for Fairfax Water, said they received and responded to a call about the main break close to 7 a.m. The main break affected the road on Sanford Court and left 16 homes without water for a short period of time. Bailey said she does not think the break caused flooding in any of the homes. The cause of the main break is also yet to be determined.
“There’s so many different factors in main breaks. It’s so hard to name one. With a clean break, it’s got to be a combination of temperature shifts in the water and in the ground,” said Bailey.
Fairfax Water contractors are currently working on rebuilding the road base in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Transportation's parameters on how to repair the road. They plan to apply a base on the pavement this evening. Bailey said they hope to return at a later date to finish repairing the road, but the weather conditions make it difficult to say approximately when they will do the final paving.
Bailey said she does not anticipate the construction to affect traffic in the neighborhood. Residents who live on Sanford Court and the surrounding streets should be able to access their homes through the day.
Thanks to Tom Fields for the news tip!