CWS: Leak in pipe connecting fire hydrant led to Wappoo Road flooding

Published: Aug. 14, 2014 at 4:22 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 14, 2014 at 9:37 PM EDT
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WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - A leak in the pipe connecting a Wappoo Road fire hydrant to the water main underground caused the surge of water Wednesday night that left yards flooded and residents angry.

A Charleston Water System crew dug below the fire hydrant to inspect underground pipes and discovered the problem late Thursday afternoon, according to a CWS spokesperson. Crews will return to the area Friday to clean up the area where they were digging.

Residents say the water was higher than a foot in some areas where several yards were flooded.

Charleston County Emergency dispatchers say a caller initially reported that a car may have hit the hydrant near the 200 block of Wappoo Road just before 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

The water company spokesperson says to prevent a leak, hydrants are designed to break off at the ground if they are hit by something. They are unsure if the hydrant was actually hit because the crew did not see a car when they arrived. 

Residents were upset because of the how long the crew took to respond.

The company spokesperson said crews got a call around 9 p.m. Wednesday night, but were delayed getting there because they were given the wrong address.

It took them until around 12:30 a.m. to stop the surging water, according to the spokesperson. She says crews had a had a hard time finding the hydrant and shut off valves, which were underwater.

Residents in the area still have running water while the repair and inspection is being done.

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