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Busted water main leaves up to 30 Newport homes dry

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As many as 30 Newport homes were without running water early Thursday following a water main break that the city's public works director says was the indirect result of vandalism.

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The break, centered east of Highway 61 around the intersection of 8th Avenue and 18th Street, occurred at approximately 6:30 a.m., said Bruce Hanson, Newport's public works superintendent. Hanson said the burst main followed an incident earlier in the morning when vandals opened two or three fire hydrants sometime between 2:30 and 3:30 a.m.

The gushing hydrants forced the city's water system to pump a higher volume of water than normal, causing a weak point in the main to break open, Hanson said.

"It was such a shock to the system," he said.

Hanson said the break was fixed with a metal clamp by around 10:30 a.m. By early afternoon, he said, running water had been restored to most homes.

Thursday's water main break was the ninth of the year in Newport, Hanson said.

A note on the city's Facebook page warned residents to run cold water until it runs clear before washing clothes to avoid discoloration.

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