Water Main Break in Olympia
At approximately 9:34 pm last evening (May 18) a water main broke along Boulevard Road north of Interstate 5 in Olympia. Water flowed down an embankment onto Interstate 5. Washington State Patrol, Washington State DOT, Olympia Fire Department and Olympia Police Department all responded to the freeway for a 3 car motor vehicle accident caused by water on the roadway. One person was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. Interstate 5 was opened as soon as the water was stopped and had time to drain from the roadway.
While Law Enforcement and Fire were dealing with Interstate 5, Public Works crews from the City of Olympia responded, turned off the water and closed Boulevard Road. Residents from one house were evacuated while the situation was unfolding but after determining that the house was safe, the residents were able to return.
The damaged section of the water main has been isolated. Nine houses were without water for a short period of time but their water has been restored. City of Olympia water crews are on scene making repairs to the damaged section of the water main and expect to have the break repaired by 5:00 am. There are no concerns about water quality or the ability to access water for firefighting.
Boulevard Road will remain closed until morning when Public Works crews will further evaluate the stability of the surrounding area and determine when to reopen roadway.
Concerns about damage that may have been caused by the water main break should be referred to the City of Olympia, claims manager at 360-753-8451 beginning Monday morning.
Additional information will be available around 7:00 am Saturday morning from City of Olympia Public Works Department, Andy Haub, Water Resources Director, 360-292-0501.