Public Service Announcement

UPDATE: Atlantic Avenue reopened in Camden

By Susan Mustapich | Nov 20, 2018
Courtesy of: Camden Public Library Atlantic Avenue in Camden is closed the morning of Nov. 20 because of a water main break.

CAMDEN — Atlantic Avenue in Camden has been reopened, after an all-day closure due to a water main break.

Sheldon Main of the Camden Wastewater Department said he was called to investigate around 9:30 a.m. The break appeared to be located between the Camden Public Library and the American Boathouse, where water was covering the road, he said. He quickly determined the break was not a wastewater line. He called Maine Water Co., which shut down the water line, and assembled a team to locate and repair the break.

The library, located on Atlantic Avenue, still had water and remained open, according to Assistant Director Ken Gross. The building's water comes from a Main Street line, he said.

Library staff observed the break when water began bubbling up through cracks in the pavement, Gross said, and assisted with moving about a half-dozen cars parked along the road.

Soon after, the avenue was closed off by the Camden Police Department.

By 10:30 a.m., Maine Water was digging exploratory holes in Atlantic Avenue to determine where the break was located, according to Gross. At the time, water company employees  estimated that the work would take four to five hours, he said.

The repairs were wrapped up and the road patched by 1 p.m., according to Rick Knowlton, President, Maine Water. Knowlton said the company will have to return to complete the road work.

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