Council staff hard at work repairing a 2m crater in East Street.
Council staff hard at work repairing a 2m crater in East Street. Kieran Campbell

CBD burst water main makes crater

NO, a meteorite didn’t hit Rockhampton’s East Street yesterday.

The crater which formed in the road outside the courthouse building was the result of a drill operator striking a 225mm water main about 6.30am, and causing it to rupture.

The operator was working on the installation of the city’s new surveillance camera project when things went awry.

With water gushing down drains and spectators gathering, an all-day repair operation began.

Rockhampton Regional Council said Fitzroy River Water staff were able to isolate the leak with minimal disruption to either the water network or traffic.

However, the council was unable to confirm how much was lost yesterday.

As council workers went about stemming the gusher, traffic was diverted to off East Street.

It was a spectacle for business owners, many of whom lined the footpath. Later, part owner of The Capricorn Model House, Nicole Newman, said when she walked outside to see, it looked as though there had been a massive downpour of rain.

Ms Newman said they were concerned that their premises, directly in front of where the main burst, would lose business because the adjacent car parks were closed in the afternoon.

Earlier in the day she saw cars making no attempt to slow down.

“I saw a lady start to nose into the park where the road was caving in,” Ms Newman said.

She said the motorist was quickly directed away. Workers toiled all day to fix the main and repair the damage to the bitumen.

Infrastructure Department road crews were called in to help direct the traffic.



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