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Car fell into hole caused by burst water line

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Some Spring Hill residents were under a temporary boil water order after a water line burst at Keysville Avenue and Northcliffe Boulevard on Sept. 7.

Gordon Onderdonk, director of utilities for Hernando County, said that just before 4:30 a.m., The Sheriff’s Office received a call reporting a water line break at that location. In response, crews from the Hernando County Utilities Department were sent to the scene.

There, they discovered that an 8-inch water line that served the area had been broken.

It was not storm-related, and it (did not create) a sinkhole,” Onderdonk said. “The water scoured the area, including the pavement in the area, and a person driving a car on the pavement in the scoured water fell into the hole.”

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According to Onderdonk, the county utilities department was just days away from replacing that particular waterline.

We were just a week away from taking that waterline offline and connecting it to a new water line because we were having problems with it,” he said.

Later in the day, crews repaired the pavement and carried out others as well.

We will have to repair the sod and the soil (in the affected area),” Onderdonk said.

In the meantime, residents of about seven homes affected by the waterline break were ordered to temporarily boil their water for the next three or four days.

While we test the water,” Onderdonk said. “It’s (the temporary boil order) routine.”

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