Last night, the underside of the old 2-inch water main on the 300 block of West Crest Avenue failed. This pipe is 50-80 years old and has surpassed its useful life, which is why the City of Tampa is replacing it.
This is the third time this pipe has failed since construction of the Southeast Seminole Heights Flooding Relief Project began. A new water main has been installed and is awaiting Department of Health clearance to be put into service.
City and David Nelson Construction crews were immediately dispatched last night upon receiving the phone call to the hotline, per emergency protocols. A tow truck was also dispatched to pull the resident’s truck out of the hole created by the pipe failure.
Thankfully, the driver was unharmed and there is no apparent damage to the truck. The crew made temporary repairs to the 2-inch water main that failed and restored the area to drivable conditions.
Crews were on site within one hour of receiving the call. The City of Tampa encourages residents who have any questions, concerns or feedback to contact the hotline for this project at (813) 580-5313 or email [email protected].