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Water main blows up in Breck

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Special to the Daily/Kim ScottWater gushes out of a 16-inch pipe excavators cut in the Watson parking lot in Breckenridge as workers prepared to build a tunnel under Park Avenue as part of the Breckenridge Ski Resorts new Skyway Skiway.

BRECKENRIDGE – Several large buildings in Breckenridge lost water for about two hours Thursday afternoon after excavators hit a water main while digging in the town’s Watson Lot near South Park Avenue.

Water shot up about 50 feet when workers from Stan Miller Inc. hit the 16-inch pipe about 2 p.m.It continued spraying for about 15 minutes, until the town’s water department was able to shut it off, according to a report from the Red, White and Blue Fire Department.

Firefighters were able to see the water spraying as they left the station on Main Street, the report said.Breckenridge communications manager Kim DiLallo did not know how much water was lost in the event, but said the impact was “minimal.”

Several buildings, including town hall, Mountain Thunder Lodge and the FirstBank building were without a water supply until about 4 p.m.At that time, the town’s public works department was able to divert water through a fire hydrant to reconnect the supply.

Workers were doing preliminary work for an underground pedestrian tunnel as part of the Skyway Skiway project when the break occurred, DiLallo said.The Skiway, due to open for the 2006-2007 ski season, will allow people to ski to the day-skier parking lots from Breckenridge Ski Resort’s popular Peaks 7 and 8.

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