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Water main break destroys roadway

A water main break damaged the road at the intersection of Dunkirk Drive and Sutton Place in Lexington on Saturday.
A water main break damaged the road at the intersection of Dunkirk Drive and Sutton Place in Lexington on Saturday. Herald-Leader

A water pipe burst Saturday afternoon on Dunkirk Drive in the Versailles Road area of Lexington left a portion of roadway broken in large segments.

The incident began around 4:30 p.m. at the intersection of Dunkirk and Sutton Place and resulted in a loss of service to 15 homes, said Kentucky American spokeswoman Susan Lancho.

It came a day after resident Stephen Goodlett requested assistance from Kentucky American Water after noticing a small stream of water flowing from his yard. Crews replaced the pipe that evening. But when Goodlett came home Saturday afternoon, he had a "swimming pool" of water after the break.

"I can't believe this happened. It's a real mess," Goodlett said. "It's gone a long way from that little trickle. I had to drive through my yard to get out of my driveway."

Lancho said she didn't know if the work to Goodlett's home was related to the break on Saturday.

"Sometimes you can tell exactly what causes a break and other times you can't," she said. She noted it could be linked to the dry weather.

"When the ground gets harder and harder and dryer and dryer, it creates a lot of pressure that can affect the pipes," she said. "Then, on the flip side, when the rain does come again, the soil will loosen, and that can definitely affect things.

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