Northampton water main break causes flooding, fallen tree on Winter Street

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Staff Writer
Published: 7/28/2019 10:49:15 PM

NORTHAMPTON — Winter Street was closed Sunday after a water main break caused a tree to fall into a sinkhole and onto a house. 

The water main break was reported at around 7:30 a.m., said Fire Department Capt. Mark Curtin, and had a domino effect on other fixtures in the neighborhood.

“At some point this morning the water main broke, and it was right under the tree,” Curtin said. “So the sinkhole opened up and the tree fell into the hole, causing it to be held up by the power lines, then on one of the neighbor's houses.”

There is “no obvious damage to the home” that the tree fell on, Curtin said, and no injuries were reported. 

Three houses on Winter Street had minor flooding in their basements, according to Curtin, and crews helped to shovel about 3 inches of mud out of a garage. 

The water main break created a sinkhole that was at least 10 feet deep, Curtin estimated, and the tree was about 50 feet tall. 

Curtin said he does not believe water services had been restored to the street as of Sunday at around 1 p.m., but residents did not lose power. National Grid also responded to the incident. 

Winter Street is closed as crews work to fix the water main break and related damages. Curtin did not have an estimate for when repairs will be completed. 

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