Making like Old Faithful

Water from a broken 10-inch water main on Benton Road across from Pop

Jackson’s restaurant in Salem shoots for the sky Wednesday afternoon, spraying debris all over three vehicles parked in the lot at the Columbia Gas building. Salem Assistant Utilities Superintendent Matt Hoopes said he

received a call at 1 p.m. about the leak and grabbed a worker from the water line break being fixed at Southeast and Franklin to help close the valves and stop the water flow. Three 10-inch line valves and one 8-inch line valves had to be closed and it took longer than expected. He said the recent water line breaks in Salem were the result of Mother Nature at work,

saying it’s typical in winter. About six premises were without water while repairs were being made. (Photo by Salem Assistant Utilities

Superintendent Matt Hoopes)