Large Water Main Break at Canal Fest in Tonawanda

TONAWANDA, N.Y. - A large water main break at Canal Fest in the City of Tonawanda made the streets of Tonawanda look more like the streets of Venice for awhile Friday evening.

According to the Erie County Water Authority, a 12-inch main broke around 7 p.m. at the intersection of Main and Niagara streets.

The impact on the festival was minimal. We're told a couple of booths had to close and festival-goers were kept back from the scene, but the festival itself remained open.

The leak was brought under control at about 9 p.m.

"It's one of those unfortunate things, you know, you can never predict when a water main is going to break, but we'll deal with it and hopefully we'll get it fixed in short order and we'll carry on," said Canal Fest President Larry Denef.

"I guess it wouldn't be a Canal Fest without an unusual occurrence, so I guess this might be our unusual occurrence this time around. We're fortunate though, it could've been on a worse day. Could have been on a Tuesday when there was a parade," said Captain Fredric Foels with the City of Tonawanda Police Department.

A representative says crews will be digging up the area to fix the problem after the festival closes for the night. They expect the work to be completed by about 4 a.m. Saturday. Residents in the immediate area can expect to experience low water pressure until then.

Water trucks from other areas are on standby in case they are needed to fight a fire in the area.


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