By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Needles, California: A water line has broke underneath Lillyhill Drive bridge near eastbound Interstate 40.
According to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, a 16 inch water line burst right around 10:00 a.m. PT on Tuesday, January 14th, 2020.
Water and dirt made a muddy mess along all lanes of eastbound Interstate 40, and left a big hole in the ground around the broken water line underneath Lillyhill Drive bridge.
The left lane of eastbound Interstate 40 is opened but the right lane remains closed.
Motorists are being asked to use Needles Highway, West Broadway snd East Broadway as an alternate around the traffic jam.
Both directions of Lillyhill Drive at the bridge from Cibola Street to Casa Linda is closed.
Multiple reports of residents having water problems in the area of the water line break.
The route along Lillyhill Drive for the Needles Area Transit is also affected by the closure.
Motorists that use Lillyhill Drive should use Casa Linda to San Clemente as an alternate route around the closure.
Unclear how long Lillyhill Drive Bridge will remain closed or repairs to the broke water line.
We’ve been getting reports of other smaller water line leaks caused by the water shut off from the water line break.
According to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels and Caltrans, the Lillyhill Drive bridge is structurally safe; bridge inspectors from Caltrans have been on scene inspecting the bridge.
As of 3:00 p.m. PT: a clamp has been placed over the portion of the water line break but water is now coming out of the cracks around the clamp.
According to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, Lillyhill Drive bridge will be closed for the next few days until repairs are made.
As of 3:40 p.m. PT: Needles City Manager provides latest information regarding water line break underneath Lillyhill Drive bridge.
As of 3:43 p.m. PT: a water station is being put together; stay tuned to ZachNews for updates.
As of 4:00 p.m. PT: Needles City Manager provides latest information regarding water station location.
As of 4:18 p.m. PT: Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson provides latest information regarding water station location, water outage locations and conserving water in the area.