Brocton water emergency will continue today

BROCTON – A water break Tuesday night caused a water emergency Wednesday for the Brocton residents.

Brocton Mayor David Hazelton announced the break occurred around 9 p.m. on Tuesday and was fixed around 1 p.m. Wednesday. However, the water emergency is still in effect throughout today.

Residents of Brocton are to boil their water for two minutes and allow it to cool before drinking, cooking or brushing teeth until Friday just to be safe.

The Chautauqua County Health Department began doing tests on the water Wednesday morning and will continue to test the water today.

Hazelton said the water break caused a leak at the shutoff valve for the fire hydrant on Highland Avenue. It was a water pipe near the fire hydrant, not the fire hydrant itself.

“The valve held together 10 bolts which were rusted away and caused water pressure to blow the valve and cause the leak,” Hazelton said.

Hazelton added the problem was not weather-related.

“The team worked really hard to isolate the water line; they dug down and repaired the problem,” he said. “The crew was out all night in subzero temperatures to make sure the line was fixed.”

Highway Superintendent Tom Allen said the problem took them 12 hours to fix.

“It was an old pipe, “he said. “It is the first time in a few years we had this happen.”

Allen added his crew was well taken care of in the subzero weather.

“It wasn’t so bad; we all took breaks while the water was winding down,” he said. “The guys got to take breaks in the truck and drink a lot of coffee to keep warm.”

The Sinclairville and Portland Highway Departments came around 6 a.m. Wednesday to help with the problem.

“I can’t praise them enough,” Hazelton said. “They got the problem fixed as soon as quickly as they could.”

Hazelton explained the highway team becomes the water maintenance team in the event of an emergency.

The Chautauqua County Health Department was not available for comment.