Broken water main

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - Crews are making quick progress on repairs following a massive water main break in a northeast Portland neighborhood over the weekend.

Portland Water Bureau crews told FOX 12 on Monday morning that the water main was repaired and a replacement pipe had been installed.

Now, crews are working on repairing and reopening the roadway. There is no official timeline yet as to when the road will reopen.

The 30-inch cast iron pipe broke Saturday morning, flooding neighborhood streets around Northeast 23rd Avenue and Skidmore Street. Officials say it may have been age or a number of other factors that caused the break.

The pipe is one of the larger mains in the water bureau's system, resulting in more water and more pressure.

At the time of the break, fire crews believed water was gushing out at one million gallons per minute.

People who live in the area have been dealing with the mess.

"The streets are completely destroyed. There was even some shards of concrete washed up in front of our neighbor's house, so it's crazy," said Susan Wladaver-Morgan.

Crews have said they were going to install a new valve to help offer more future shutdown options and dependability.

The water bureau says there has been no health risks from drinking or using tap water in the area. They say if you have any odor or discoloration - flush the tap for two minutes until the water clears.

There are around 200 water main breaks every year in Portland. The city has 2,200 miles of water pipes below the streets, including many that are more than 100 years old. 

Some people who had their homes damaged by the water said insurance won't cover it, so they hope the city well step in and provide payments. 

"I haven't heard from the city at this point, if they are taking responsibility," said homeowner Ryan Humphrey. "I definitely think that I am a victim in this scenario."

Homeowners need to file claims with the city within 180 days. The city will then evaluate the claims. 

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