A 12-inch water line that runs beneath a North West Austin street broke overnight forcing police to close off access entirely.
The break happened sometime between midnight and 1 a.m. on York Boulevard between Stonelake and the Mopac frontage road. Water rushed down to the frontage road forcing crews to the southbound lanes down until the water stopped. An officer on the scene describes seeing water and debris from the roadway shoot up in the sky at least six or seven feet.
Significant damage to a stretch of York is visible for about 150 to 200 feet. Parts of the road buckled and chunks of debris are scattered across the street.
Austin Water has mobilized construction crews who will work to make the necessary repairs.
While the roadway is not major there are several businesses, restaurants and apartment buildings in the area. Some customers are affected, but it's not clear how many. That's something Austin Water crews are looking into.
"Usually It's hard to ascertain why a line breaks but when we get in there we will try to do our best to find out what caused it," said Jill Mayfield with Austin Water.