Smithfield water main break causes outage

Crews work to repair a water main break in Smithfield on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 (Photo: Marcos Valentin / WPRI 12)

SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WPRI) — Braving frigid temperatures, crews in Smithfield spent the day trying to locate a water main break Tuesday.

According to the town’s Facebook page, the break happened at the intersection of Stillwater Road and Thurber Boulevard around 8:30 a.m. As of 4:30 p.m., the town said workers had located the source of the break and repairs were continuing.

While repairs are being made, water service to the area has been shut off, including Stillwater Road, Thurber Boulevard, Appian Way, Pond View Court and Hanton City Trail.

Officials anticipate the repair will be completed before midnight.

There was no immediate word on how many water customers were affected.

The break happened on the coldest day so far this winter. According to Eyewitness News Meteorologist Michelle Muscatello, the overnight low in Smithfield was 7 degrees. By 10:35 a.m., the temperature had risen to 18 degrees.

However, Department of Public Works Director and Water Commissioner Seth Lemoine told The Valley Breeze the weather had nothing to do with the break, calling it a coincidence.

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