UPDATE Saturday 10 P.M. (WZZM)-- A spokeswoman for the city manager's office says all roads should reopen by 10:30 p.m. Saturday.
She says a broken water main would normally take crews a couple hours to fix, but a broken valve slowed repairs. Road workers also had to repave the roads.
UPDATE AT 5:50 P.M. (WZZM) -- City workers in Wyoming say they are making progress in efforts to repair a broken water main, but 44th Street and other affected roads are not expected to reopen before Saturday night.
Crews are trying to repair a broken valve on a 16-inch water pipe, but Wyoming's public works director says his employees expect to have a fix in place Friday night.
WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) - Westbound lanes of 44th Street at Clay Avenue and all lanes of Clay Avenue north of 44th Street to Louisiana remain closed to traffic asWyoming's Public Works Department continues to repair a 16-inch diameter water main, which ruptured Thursday afternoon.
The city says that thestreets may not open to traffic until Saturday.
Director of Public Works William Dooley said in a Friday morning press statement that repair work has been complicated by a broken valve that needs to be replaced before work can continue on the water main. To repair the water main, crews first need to isolate the affected segment and use shutdown valves to halt the flow of water.
"One of the necessary valves has broken in a partially closed position, which means we are unable to shut off the water and make the needed repairs, which are taking much longer than they normally would," Dooley explained. "We have called in a company to assist us with the valve repair and expect to be able to start that process after noon today when we have the necessary supplies.
Drinking water for residents in the area has not been affected.
WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) - Utility crews are working to fix a water main break in Wyoming.Neighbors tell WZZM 13 a 16-inchpipe burst around 4 p.m. Thursday along Clay Ave. SW.
Workers have closed Clay Ave. from 44th Street north to Louisiana Ave. while they make repairs.
As of 6:30 p.m. water was still gushing from the pipe. It's not clear yet how many homes and businesses are affected.