Water main break creates geyser on Shore Drive in Norfolk

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A water main break on Shore Drive formed a geyser early Saturday morning, which impacted travel in the area for hours.

Repairs to a valve on a water line wrapped up around 7 p.m. Saturday, according to Norfolk utilities officials.

Harry Kenyon, with the city of Norfolk, tells WAVY.com the water shot more than 30 feet into the air on Shore Drive near East Little Creek Road around 2:30 a.m.

Kenyon says the valve fell off a main line. He doesn’t know how it happened, but he says changing temperatures likely caused the line to burst.

A portion of the eastbound lanes of Shore Drive were closed down for more than six hours as crews worked to contain the gushing water. The roads re-opened to traffic around 8:45 a.m.

All lanes are now back open to drivers.

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