Brattleboro responds to 'major' water main break


BRATTLEBORO — The town's Department of Public Works responded to a "major" water main break downtown Tuesday night.

"We expect work to continue all night long," Town Manager Peter Elwell said Tuesday during a Select Board meeting, calling the incident an "emergency situation."

The issue appears to be a break in the sprinkler line, he said, but crews will know more as they continue the repair. He said the leak came from under the sidewalk, not the road.

Elwell reported that Penelope Wurr Retail Store at 167 Main Street and Brattleboro Bicycle Shop at 165 Main Street had a "tremendous amount of water" in their basements. Two blocks along Main Street, Elliot Street and Grove Street, also were affected.

The only good news, Elwell said, was that Green Mountain Power assessed the situation and did not feel power needed to be shut down for now. Lights and traffic signals downtown could be kept on.

Elwell said firefighters went door to door to advise affected businesses and residents what was happening. Dispatchers were calling building owners.

Reach staff writer Chris Mays at, at @CMaysBR on Twitter and 802-254-2311, ext. 273.

Here's a link to more photos of the flooding




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