Main Street leak

SILVER CREEK – The Silver Creek water and streets departments addressed a water leak in front of M&T Bank on Main Street (Route 20) at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Trustee Nick Piccolo reported at the village board meeting Wednesday night that when the New York State Department of Transportation replaced the waterline, it did not update that section so the pipe had deteriorated from the outside.

“Once they got into it they found out the great DOT, when they replaced the waterline there, that was another section that they didn’t bother replacing that they just tied in,” he said. “Basically the pipe on the inside was great – cast iron and tarred on the inside and everything – but it cracked and deteriorated on the outside and that’s what caused it.”

According to Piccolo, the leak caused two others on Silver Lane and Lake Road (Route 5/20) and caused water levels to be low.

“At the time, after Herm (Griewisch) and Ralph (Crawford) had been down there, Herm didn’t have an idea how much water we lost but the tank in Alfred Heights was below 10 feet,” he said.

Piccolo said they discovered the leak at 5:30 a.m. and finished repairing it by 4:30 p.m. He said they put stone on top of the pipe and will wait for the weather to allow them to pour concrete.

Piccolo commended the workers.

“I just want to thank you guys for your work in adverse weather conditions. When the leak was first found there was water all across the street and into the park. They were able to get the vac truck down there and they were able to get it done in a fashion that was commendable for the weather,” Piccolo added.

Mayor Kurt Lindstrom also thanked the streets and water departments for their efforts.