MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Crews continue to work Tuesday to fix a road left cratered after a pipe burst Monday night and forced people to evacuate.
It happened at 74th Street and Carlyle Avenue.READ MORE: COVID-19 Deaths Near 58,000 As Hospitalizations Drop
Miami Beach Public Works Director Roy Coley said crews managed to stop the leaking pipe Monday night as well as Tuesday morning after it started to leak again.
“We were able to replace about 14 feet of water line last night,” Coley said.
That pipe is expected to be fixed soon.
Coley said, “It is drinking water, there’s nothing dirty about it or unsanitary, it’s just a nuisance.”
He added that it is not unusual when you have “aging water lines to have an occasional pipe rupture.”
He said, “…it has lived beyond its useful life and we just need to replace a section of it.”READ MORE: State Heads Off Debt Collectors On Overpayments Of Unemployment Aid
Residents of a nearby apartment, who were evacuated Monday night, are back home now but must boil their water until further notice.
“It’s an emergency. We have to be patient,” resident Andrea Ancuatte said.
Ancuatte, who did not have water for several hours Monday night said, “It’s an emergency. We have to be patient.”
“Luckily, I have water from the hurricane, I have plenty of water at home. So, I’m going to use that water,” she continued.
Several roads are closed as public works crews make repairs.
City Manager Jimmy Morales admitted that pipe has given the city issues before.
“That pipe, there was a fix. I don’t know how long ago,” he said.MORE NEWS: Police: Ferrari Driver Struck, Thrown Off Sunny Isles Bridge
The city said it will ultimately replace the aging pipes in the area. That’s a part of a massive citywide long-term project ongoing now.