Nov 6, 2014 7:15 PM

Water main break forced evacuation in Manchester, NH, neighborhood

MANCHESTER - The Fire Department has identified the water main break in the area of West Hancock and Goffe streets. It caused flooding on the roadways in the area. Second Street from Queen City Avenue to Hancock Street, McNeil Street, Goffe Street, and West Hancock Street are all affected and all were closed to traffic as of Thursday night.

The area went under a major evacuation, as public safety officials dealt with a major water main break that flooded streets and homes. Manchester Transit Authority buses were called been called to help deal with the evacuation.

According to NH1 anchor Keke Vencill, the water main break opened up a huge sinkhole. "It literally looks like the earth opened up," she reports.

Manchester police reported that more than 20 people have been evacuated due to the flooding.

Officials had no idea of the cost of the damage, but a significant amount of roadway will have to be rebuilt. They also no idea at this point what caused the break, but officials at the scene tell NH1 the temperature change can put stress on water mains.

The evacuees have been taken to the senior center by Manchester High School West.


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