PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — A massive water main break in Pawtucket created quite the mess Thursday morning.
Crews responded to the area of Walcott and Grove streets around 3 a.m. and found the roadway completely flooded.
Workers with the Pawtucket Water Supply Board told 12 News a 24-inch main broke and dumped millions of gallons of water onto the roadway.
Due to how much water was on the road, a fire truck responding to the scene got stuck in the area where the break happened and started sinking into the street.
“The front wheels went down, the front of the truck and it actually held the doors closed and they actually had to go out one of the windows,” Pawtucket Fire Acting Chief Joseph Murray said.
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Water was turned off to about 50 houses in the area and around 6:45 a.m., tow trucks were able to lift the fire truck out of the sinkhole that opened in the street.
The water was also overflowing onto I-95 North, which temporarily closed down all travel lanes of the highway after Exit 28, according to the Rhode Island Department of Transportation.
All lanes of the highway have since been reopened, but it did cause some delays during the morning commute.
The Pawtucket Water Supply Board tells 12 News it will be a “lengthy process” to repair the water main, adding that a section of the pipe was installed in 1958.
“Part of the process is getting rid of the debris, asphalt, stones, gravel, mud but then from that point on it’s pretty much cut the busted pipe out of the way and put a new piece of pipe put in,” Fred Ramos with the water supply board explained. “It happens here and there, not typically with a 24-inch pipe.”
Ramos said road closures are expected to continue into the evening. Police are asking drivers to avoid the area for the time being.
The cause of the water main break remains under investigation.