Broken water main causes town flooding, traffic jam

A water main in Stettler broke Tuesday morning, affecting traffic on 54 to 56 streets and 46 to 48 avenues.

Crews parked near Christ-King Catholic School try to fix the water-main break Tuesday morning in Stettler.

Crews parked near Christ-King Catholic School try to fix the water-main break Tuesday morning in Stettler.

A water main in Stettler broke Tuesday morning, affecting traffic on 54 to 56 streets and 46 to 48 avenues.

Town crews responded to a sewer backup call at 7:35 a.m. at a property on 55 Street and Highway 12.

Repair trucks were parked on either side of Highway 12 near Christ-King Catholic School to work on the damage.

Homes in the area experienced sewer backups until the town was able to locate the broken section of the water main, which relieved pressure on the sanitary system.

There has been some flooding to surrounding homes, but the school wasn’t directly affected by the break, a spokesman said.

“It’s been business as usual,” said Christ-King secretary Anna Garez.

She said the school didn’t have its water shut off during the repairs and the students weren’t affected.

“Town crews have been sanding the affected areas for ice-control purposes and advise the public to be extra cautious and careful,” director of operations Melissa Robbins said in a news release late Tuesday

In the news release, the town said that the town crews had to work in “extremely cold and frozen conditions.”

Homeowners affected by the break were advised to contact their insurer.

Town representatives had no further comment on the break.