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More water problems for Fox Run

Fox Run residents still have to drive around damage and debris caused by a water main break Thursday, Feb. 8.

Town engineer Darryl Smith said a contractor, while installing fiber optic cable, drilled into a 12-inch water main along Brochardt Boulevard.

“The auger bit hit right in the middle of the pipe,” Smith said during a recent public meeting.

Assistant town engineer Casey Wood said the water flow caused “asphalt and stone failures along Brochardt Boulevard and deposited large amounts of sediment and debris in nearby properties.”

Wood said the water caused failures in the roadway, holes which varied in size from 5 feet to 10 feet.

“The failures in the roadway will be excavated, new stone compacted, and then asphalt brought in,” Wood said.

The cost of the cleanup, he said, had yet to be determined.

First Utility District of Knox County manager Wayne Watson said the water break took place about noon Thursday and crews had water service restored to Fox Run residents by 6 p.m. that same evening.

Watson said there was no tracer wire on the water line, but it was marked for the contractors. All evidence of markings, however, was washed away when the line was breached.

“We’ve had trouble with contractors breaking lines,” he said. “We’ve had about ten breaks in the past two weeks.”

Fox Run is no stranger to water problems.

In 2004, Fox Run residents expressed being tired of mud covering their yards each time it rained.

Gary Bishop addressed the FMPC at its Thursday, Aug. 5, 2004, meeting following a weekend that brought two-and-a-half inches of rain to the mud-plagued community.

A July 31, 2004, episode was a near carbon copy of events that took place in the subdivision June 21 when more than 6-inches of rain fell on the area in a short span of time causing massive mud flows and clogging of drainage pipes.


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