Broken main creates 'Duke Street Pond'
A 16-inch cast iron main installed in 1930 ruptured near the intersection of S.E. 69th Avenue and Duke Street on Sunday afternoon of January 22, causing the gushing water from a major water line to create a pond in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood.
Portland Water Bureau (PWB) crews came to the scene, and began to excavate the street, looking for the exact location of the broken water line that afternoon, and worked into the evening.
By noon the following day, the pipe had been repaired, and traffic reopened along S.E. Duke Street.
A PWB spokesperson blamed the break on "very cold water" running through aging and brittle pipes at a time when the ground is freezing and thawing.