‘It looked like class 4 rapids’: Water main damages portion of Hull Street

Richmond

RICHMOND, (WRIC) — An early Thursday morning water main break on Hull Street caused significant damage to the road and sidewalk, forcing a portion of the street to remain closed.

A damaged fire hydrant line in the 1100 block of Hull Street at 11th Street sent water gushing onto the roadway and caused the sidewalk to collapse and cave in, leaving the fire hydrant completely underground.

An early morning water main break closed a portion of Hull Street in Richmond on Thursday.

Hull Street remains closed from 10th to 11th streets as crews make repairs and cleanup up debris in the roadway. 

Businesses in the area told 8News the break happened at about 4 a.m. The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) said in a tweet they responded to the break at 5:20 a.m. Businesses say the water was shut off nearly an hour later. 

RAW VIDEO: Water main break floods portion of Hull Street

(Video courtesy of 8News viewer Keesha Borden)

DPU says no businesses were impacted, but artist S. Ross Browne told 8News the water main break caused flooding in his art gallery, Browne Studio.  

“It looked like class 4 rapids going down Hull Street,” Browne said. “I just heard a whooshing of water and it sounded like a geyser going off. I thought, ‘what is this rumbling?’ So I look out and I see water going up and the fire hydrant go up in the air, and then it got sucked into the bottom of the ground.”

An early morning water main break closed a portion of Hull Street in Richmond on Thursday.

As six inches of water rushed into the place where his talent and creativity come alive, Browne’s first thought was …

“Not my artwork!” he recalled.

He saved what he could, but was left with several soaking wet and ruined paintings.

“I don’t know how to begin to clean up something like this,” Browne added. “I need help.”

An early morning water main break closed a portion of Hull Street in Richmond on Thursday.

DPU gave no specific time for when repairs will be completed. A traffic detour is in place. 

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