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Published February 14, 2013, 09:26 AM

Water Shut Off, leaks Investigated Near Phoenix School

Water service was shut off this morning in the 400 block of Belmont Avenue in Grand Forks as crews repaired water leaks that flooded Belmont and part of an apartment building.

By: Herald Staff Reports, Grand Forks Herald

Water service was shut off this morning in the 400 block of Belmont Avenue in Grand Forks as crews repaired water leaks that flooded Belmont and part of an apartment building.

Water was reported nearly to the curb at Fourth Street and Belmont Avenue between 7 and 8 a.m.

The source appears to be a water service line leak that goes to an apartment building on the 400 block of Belmont, according to Hazel Sletten, Grand Forks water utility superintendent.

The leak initially was reported at about 1 p.m. Wednesday, as water was leaking into two residential buildings on the block.

“It got worse overnight,” Sletten said.

Water was reported to be flooding part of the apartment building this morning.

The city water department shut off water service to the 400 block of Belmont at about 8 a.m. today, so crews can make repairs, she said.

Phoenix school, which is across the street, has not been affected by the leak and continues to have water service, a spokeswoman there said.

The apartment building leak was the second of two in the area investigated Wednesday by city water department crews.

The first occurred Wednesday morning in a water line leak at a fire department at Fourth and Belmont. That was repaired by about noon.

The cause of the leaks appears to be shifting soils that often occur during extreme temperature changes, according to Sletten.

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