News Update: Needles, CA: Latest information regarding the Lillyhill Drive bridge and 1300 River Road water line ruptures.

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):

Needles, California: ZachNews has the latest information regarding the water line ruptures that occurred underneath Lillyhill Drive bridge near eastbound Interstate 40 on Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 and at 1300 River Road near River Edge Gold Course on Wednesday, January 15th, 2020.

** As of 11:53 a.m. PT on Sunday, January 19th, 2020: **

The City of Needles has announced that the “Boil Water Order” for Lillyhill Apartments only, located at 1001 Lillyhill Drive in Needles, California, has been cancelled.

“The lab has confirmed that both of the required back samples for Lilyhill Apartments were clean. The State Water Board has authorized the cancellation of the boil water advisory. Contact has been made with the Apartment Complex and they will be notifying the customers now,” said Rainie Torrance with the City of Needles.

** As of 9:00 a.m. PT on Saturday, January 18th, 2020: **

– ZachNews received Friday night from Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson a picture of thank you cards that were delivered to City Hall in Downtown Needles, California on Friday, January 17th, 2020. Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson tells ZachNews that the thank you cards were made by Mrs. Dylan Webb’s 4th grade class from Vista Colorado Elementary School, thanking City of Needles employees for their work to repair the water line ruptures in Needles, California that occurred on Tuesday and Wednesday.

– Water has been restored to the whole community.

– All water leaks that occurred from the initial water line ruptures all repaired.

– New replacement water line underneath Lillyhill Drive bridge will begin Tuesday.

– Lillyhill Drive from Cibola Street to Casa Linda Street remains closed to vehicles over the holiday weekend and into next week until the new replacement water line underneath Lillyhill Drive bridge is completed.

– A “Boil Water Order” remains in effect for the Lillyhill Apartments, but may be lifted sometime over the weekend.

** As of 4:00 p.m. PT on Friday, January 17th, 2020: **

– Crews Friday morning began prep work for the new replacment water line at the Lillyhill Drive bridge. According to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, the City of Needles knows where it blow out that there was a weak spot, but this water line is 50 years old so we figured there’s got to be more weaknesses in the remaining water line at Lillyhill Drive bridge. So what crews are doing is we are replacing the water line in its entirety as it crosses the bridge; 300 feet of water line pipe high density polyethylene; an inch and a haft thick pipe that we will pull out the old water line piping and push this new water line piping in, replacing the whole water line underneath the Lillyhill Drive bridge which work will begin on Tuesday, January 21st, 2020.

– Until work begins on the new replacement water line at the Lillyhill Drive bridge on Tuesday, January 21st, 2020, we want the system to continue to stabilize and deal with any minor problem that might be left well the interim fix water line pipe is still installed at the Lillyhill Drive bridge. Crews on Wednesday have installed an interim fix water line pipe at the Lillyhill Drive bridge, and there has been no water leaks since the installment. The 20 foot section that blew out Tuesday morning along what is being called the main line from the water walls to the water tanks. Crews have doing non-stop interim repairs to keep the water line pressurize. 

– Because the water tanks for the community are at capacity, we expect no interruptions of water service well the new replacement water line piping in installed on Tuesday, January 21st, 2020; there are back up places in place for that.

Lillyhill Drive from Cibola Street to Casa Linda Street, including the Lillyhill Drive bridge, will remain closed to vehicles over the holiday weekend and into next week until the replacement work is fully completed. People will still be able to cross along the Lillyhill Drive bridge but please be careful when work begins on the new replacement water line piping installmement work beginning on Tuesday, January 21st, 2020. If you live at the Lillyhill Apartments (1001 Lillyhill Drive), live along the 1200 block of Lillyhill Drive or work at the Needles Elks Lodge (1000 Lillyhill Drive), you are able to access by vehicles the Lillyhill Drive clousre area, but no access by vehicles across the Lillyhill Drive bridge.

**** Detour Map (Map Shown Above): ****

  • Lillyhill Drive and Lillyhill Drive Bridge Closure (Red Lines).
  • D Street to Cibola Street to East Broadway to San Clemente Street to either Sasa Linda Street or Clary Drive to Lillyhill Drive (Yellow Arrows).
  • Both Directions of Interstate 40 is Open (Green Arrows).

– All lanes including eastbound lanes of Interstate 40 are open, and will reamin open during the new replacement water line piping installmement work beginning on Tuesday, January 21st, 2020.

– All water has been restored to the whole community of Needles, California, including the Lillyhill Apartments at 1001 Lillyhill Drive and the Needles Elks Lodge at 1000 Lillyhill Drive.

– A “Boil Water Order” was issued for the Lillyhill Apartments only, not for the Needles Elks Lodge or the rest of the community, but the City of Needles is expecting the “Boil Water Order” to be lifted sometime over the weekend

– Cases of bottle drinking water have been getting sent to the Lillyhill Apartments since the rupture on Tuesday as well as made showers available at Set Free Church of Needles.

– As result of the Lillyhill Drive bridge rupture on Tuesday, the City of Needles had a dozen or more water service line leaks that was created by that hammer-hand affect. Those all should be occluded today so that all the water problems will be solved regarding those service line leaks.

– As result of the hammer-hand affect following the Lillyhill Drive bridge rupture on Tuesday, the City of Needles had a problem Wednesday afternoon at 1300 River Road near the River Edge Golf Course. The hammer-hand blow out a major junction box where the water wells come together. Crews were able to get the rupture at 1300 River Road repaired in short order later Wednesday evening.

– Water for the whole community is safe to drink, and the Lillyhill Drive bridge is structurally safe following the rupture on Tuesday.

– The water station will continue until 12:00 p.m. PT today for people who need to pick up cases of bottle drinking water. Over the weekend, people can pick up cases of bottle drinking water at Set Free Church of Needles. Then starting Tuesday, people can pick up cases of bottle drinking water at Needles City Hall on Third Street near F Street.

– According to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, the City of Needles did have some water heaters damage when the hammerhead occurred, but other then that, the City of Needles didn’t have any serious flooding related to the Lillyhill Drive bridge water line rupture, but if somebody did have some flood damage, come down to City of Needles to file a claim with the Needle City Clerk.

** As of 6:00 a.m. PT on Friday, January 17th, 2020: **

– Temporary water line at the Lillyhill Drive bridge continues to hold; working as plan and without any water leaks overnight. Crews will be at the Lillyhill Drive bridge for prep work planning for new water line work that will begin at the beginning of the next week.

– Needles City Manager Rick Daniels announced Thursday afternoon that a “Boil Water Order” has been issued for the Lillyhill Apartments, 1001 Lillyhill Drive only as required by California state law for extended outages. The “Boil Water Order” dose not affect the rest of the community of Needles, California.

– Lillyhill Drive including the bridge remains closed to vehicles indefinitely until repairs are fully completed; motorists are asked to use either J Street to Bailey Avenue to the west or San Clemente Street to the south.

– Pedestrians can continue to use the lillyhill drive Bridge, but is asked to use caution as work will be going on in the upcoming days.

– All eastbound lanes of Interstate 40 remains open in the area of the Lillyhill Drive bridge.

– No more water leaks reported at 1300 River Road.

– Crews will be working today on the five remaining small water line leaks that occurred following Tuesday’s water line rupture underneath the Lillyhill Drive bridge.

– Cases of bottled water will continue to be available at the water station inside the Community Hall at the El Garces Train Depot located on the 900 block of Front Street near G Street in Downtown Needles, California starting at 8:00 a.m. PT today.

– All schools are opened for the Needles Unified School District including Needles Head Start and Needles Community Day School.

More news updates to come on ZachNews, please keep checking back on this post, and live news update to come at ZachNews on Facebook:

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** As of 11:49 p.m. PT on Thursday, January 16th, 2020: **

– Temporary water line at the Lillyhill Drive bridge is holding; working as plan and without any water leaks.

– New replacement water line on the way, work to begin as soon as the beginning of next week.

– According to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, a “Boil Water Order” has been issued for the Lillyhill Apartments, 1001 Lillyhill Drive only as required by California state law for extended outages. The “Boil Water Order” dose not affect the rest of the community of Needles, California.

– Lillyhill Drive including the bridge remains closed to vehicles indefinitely until repairs are fully completed; motorists are asked to use either J Street to Bailey Avenue to the west or San Clemente Street to the south.

– Needles Area Transit is being detoured around the closure to reach their bus stops; there is a small delay in service due to the detour.

– All eastbound lanes of Interstate 40 at the Lillyhill Drive bridge is opened, but right shoulder remains calling off due to mud leftover.

– Pedestrians can continue to use the lillyhill drive Bridge, but is asked to use caution as work will be going on in the upcoming days.

– Mud from the initial water line rupture underneath Lillyhill Drive bridge Tuesday remains on the back yard property of an apartment building near the intersection of Lillyhill Drive, Cibola Street and D Street. report song nearby residents that flooding in the back yard area was seen when the water line erupted on Tuesday.

– No more water leaks reported at 1300 River Road; repaired that were done all working without water leaks.

– Crews worked on Thursday on smaller water leaks caused by the Lillyhill Drive bridge rupture, including in the area of Needles Highway near O Street.

– Crews will be working on Friday on the five remaining small water line leaks that occurred following Tuesday’s water line rupture underneath the Lillyhill Drive bridge.

– Thursday afternoon, crews were seen repairing water lines at the Lillyhill Apartments, working to restore water service to residents.

– Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson gave latest information, announced “Boil Water Order” for the Lillyhill Apartments only and answered questions during a news update Thursday afternoon, which was broadcast live at ZachNews on Facebook.

– City of Needles telling community that water service is on to whole community, except for Lillyhill Apartments and Needles Elks Lodge, and that the water is still safe to drink; Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson even filled up a picture of water from the tap of the men’s restroom and drink the water during a news update Thursday afternoon.

– Cases of bottled water will continue to be available at the water station inside the Community Hall at the El Garces Train Depot located on the 900 block of Front Street near G Street in Downtown Needles, California starting at 8:00 a.m. PT on Friday.

More updates to come on ZachNews, please keep checking back on this post.

** As of 5:00 p.m. PT on Thursday, January 16th, 2020: **

According to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, a “Boil Water Order” has been issued for the Lillyhill Apartments, 1001 Lillyhill Drive only as required by California state law for extended outages.

This Lillyhill Apartments, property has not had water since Tuesday morning.

The City of Needles has taken water samples and sent them to the State of California for results.

The City of Needles continues to deliver 15 cases of bottled water to residents of Lillyhill Apartments daily.

Set Free Church of Needles, located at 404 F Street, has made available a modular unity that has 10 showers.

Staff with the City of Needles is using one of the old transit busses to shuttle folks without transportation to Set Free Church of Needles.

When crews pressurized the repaired water line at the Lillyhill Drive bridge on Wednesday, it exposed a rupture at Lillyhill Apartments property.

Staff with the City of Needles has authorized Phillips Excavating Inc to make that repair while crews with the City of Needles continue to repair multiple but smaller water line breaks in the community.

The temporary repairs done yesterday have worked and the main transmission line, and booster pumps to the reservoirs is fully pressurized and is refilling the tanks.

All locations throughout Needles, California have full water service except for Lillyhill Apartments and the Needles Elks Lodge located at 1000 Lillyhill Drive.

The permanent fix is scheduled for early next week, and Lillyhill Drive from Cibola Street to Casa Linda Street will remain close to all vehicles, including the Needles Area Transit bus service, but pedestrians can cross over the bridge.

** As of 1:00 p.m. PT on Thursday, January 16th, 2020: **

– At this moment, no other reports of water line leaks occurring overnight at Lillyhill Drive bridge and 1300 River Road locations or elsewhere in the community of Needles, California.

– Broken Lillyhill Drive bridge water line removed; pictures outside and inside the broken water line.

– Only Lillyhill Apartments as well as the Needles Ella Lodge remains without water.

– Water station inside the Community Hall at the El Garces Train Depot, located on the 900 block of Front Street near G Street in Downtown Needles, California, will be open at 8:00 a.m. PT today. The water station will be open on Friday, January 17th, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. PT.

– All schools are opened for the Needles Unified School District including Needles Head Start and Needles Community Day School.

– Lillyhill Drive including the bridge remains closed to vehicles, pedestrians can still access the roadway and bridge.

** As of 11:00 p.m. PT on Wednesday, January 15th, 2020: **

– New replacement water line installed and water is going through the new Lillyhill Drive bridge water line to the water reservoirs.

– Old and broken Lillyhill Drive bridge water line lays on the street.

– A geyser appeared as crews were relieving pressure in the water line; the City of Needles letting everybody know that there was no major leak ruption on the new water line.

– The bypass water line to Lillyhill Apartments was interrupted Wednesday afternoon. Lillyhill Apartments are without water, amd the City of Needles is going to be working on getting water back on for residence at the Lillyhill Apartments as soon as Thursday morning.

– Water line at 1300 River Road has been repair.

– Water is back onto the north lower portions of Needles California, this includes Downtown Needles California, Cibola Street near D Street, Needles Highway near Interstate 40 and California Village.

– Needles Elks Lodge and a nearby marijuana facility not in operation near the Lillyhill Drive bridge remain without water.

– The City of Needles tell ZachNews that the water safe to drink, but there is some dirt that may come out out of your faucet; please let the water run for a minute from faucets inside and outside your home.

– The community of Needles, California is being asked to conserve water as repairs are happening.

– Cases of bottled drinking water will be available to anybody in the community at the water station inside the Community Hall at the El Garces Train Depot, located at 900 block of Front Street near G Street in Downtown Needles, California. The water station will be open starting at 8:30 a.m. PT. If cases of bottled drinking water is in need to be delivered to people who aren’t unable to get to the water station, please contact Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson at: 1 (702) 206-0771.

– The Needles Unified School District tell ZachNews that all schools will be open with water on Thursday, January 16th, 2020, Needles Head Start and Preschool classes will resume at their usual times and the Needles Community Day School will return to their own school site.

– The City of Needles remains under a local emergency decoration due to the water line ruptions.

– Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson tells ZachNews that if local residence have any water damages related to the water line ruptures, please document those water damages, including taking pictures of the water damage, and please wait to contact the City of Needles until after all repairs to water line ruptures are completed.

– Lillyhill Drive remains closed to vehicles between Casa Linda Street and Cibola Street. Pedestrians can cross alomg the sidewalk on the Lillyhill Drive bridge but do not cross through the construction repair site that is barricaded off.

– The City of Needles and Caltrans tell ZachNews that the Lillyhill Drive bridge is structurally safe.

– Needles Area Transit is on a delay as they are being rerouted around the Lillyhill Drive bridge closure.

– Caltrans earlier closed the right lane of eastbound Interstate 40, but all lanes of eastbound Interstate 40 have since been reopened.

– More information regarding both water line ruptions will be provided by City of Needles officials after 9:00 a.m. PT; ZachNews will broadcast live at ZachNews on Facebook the updated information (ZachNews Facebook Link Below).

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Stay tuned to ZachNews additional information will be provided overnight on this posting.

**** Recap Information: ****

According to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, at around 8:30 a.m. PT on Tuesday, January 14th, 2020, the City of Needles Utility Department was alerted of a water leak, dripping into the center median of Interstate 40; where D Street turns into Lillyhill Drive bridge. The City of Needles met with Caltrans on site and they ordered a bridge engineer to come out and take a look at it, and we began strategizing a plan to response to it; we were looking for an access point underneath the bridge but none excited. The 16 inch main water line is in the bridge structure itself. All departments; public works, water, sewer and electric to all gather and be prepared to what could be a repair.

Two hours later (at around 10:30 a.m. PT on Tuesday, January 14th, 2020), that drip turned into a burst, and the 16 inch main water line which was pressurize because it’s the main water line that takes water out of the well and takes it to the high water tanks or to our reservoirs; it what’s feeds our reservoirs full; it burst and created a local flood; it lifted the roadway pavement up a couple of feet and washed out the side bank on the south side of the bridge. The debris from the burst created a two to three foot layer of mud on the freeway and shut the freeway down.

California Highway Patrol responded to closed all eastbound lanes of Interstate 40 well Caltrans responded with equipment to remove the mud from along all lanes of eastbound Interstate 40.

Crews from all departments with the City of Needles and Caltrans as well as water crews from the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe and Phillips Excavating Inc. all were helping to clean up the aftermath mess and to work on repairing the water line.

At around 3:00 p.m. PT on Tuesday, January 14th, 2020, a clamp was placed over the portion of the water line break, but a few mintues later water began to come out of cracks from along the water line around the clamp.

Just after 6:00 p.m. PT on Tuesday, January 14th, 2020, members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously to declared the City of Needles a local emergency due to the water line that water line break.

At around 8:30 a.m. PT on Wednesday, January 15th, 2020, Lillyhill Apartments was without water, and bottled drink water dropped off by Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson for all of their residence. Crews from the City of Needles began working on a water line bypass that will feed water into the Lillyhill Apartments so people can have water.

Crews from Phillips Excavating Inc begin prep work to replace the broken water line. Parts to replace the broken water line were located and sent over to the community.

Well work continued at the Lillyhill Drive bridge and near the Lillyhill Apartments, parents were seen dropping off their kids at the school bus that continued to pick up kids near the Lillyhill Apartments.

Across the closed Lillyhill Drive Bridge, the Needles Head Start campus was closed for the day well the Needles Community Day School was relocated to the Vista Colorado Elementary School campus for the day.

Caltrans began closing the right lane of eastbound Interstate 40 well the left lane of eastbound Interstate 40 remained open; crews continued to clear mud from the water leaking from the Lillyhill Drive bridge.

At around 3:00 p.m. PT on Wednesday, January 15th, 2020, crews from Phillips Excavating Inc begin replacing the broken Lillyhill Drive bridge water line.

As that work was happening, another water line rupture was reported to the City of Needles at 1300 River Road near the River Edge Golf Course in Needles, California.

The water flooded the well yard for the City of Needles as well as a dirt road behind the well yard and some of the golf course near River Road.

The second water line ruption caused water service to be interrupted yet again to portions of Needles, California, including Downtown Needles California businesses and residents as well as on the west side along Needles Highway businesses and residents as well as the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe’s California Village area.

Crews from the City of Needles began clear out the flooded water and working on repairing the water line in the well yard.

Just after 6:00 p.m. PT on on Wednesday, January 15th, 2020, water service began to come back on to affected areas, but some businesses and fast food restaurants still remain closed for the rest of the night after water was restored, including Retro Pizza as well as Jack In The Box and McDonald’s fast food restaurants.

Meanwhile back at the Lillyhill Drive bridge, crews from Phillips Excavating Inc removed the broken Lillyhill Drive bridge water line, and the new placement water line was installed in place.

Soon after, water was slowly being pressured through the new water line, unfortunately during that process water flow through the water line bypass to the Lillyhill Apartments was interruption, causing water to go out there yet again.

A few hours later as water continue to through the new water line, a geyser appeared as crews were relieving pressure in the water line which caught some off by surprise and some thinking that a major water rupture occurred, but the City of Needles said there was no major leak ruption on the new water line.

Some crews will be monitoring the water pumps overnight, and crews will return to the water line ruptures locations to make sure that all is working and no new water line ruptures occur anywhere in the community.

Stay tuned to ZachNews for the latest information regarding the water line ruptures underneath the Lillyhill Drive bridge and 1300 River Road in Needles, California.

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