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FARGO—A water main break in West Fargo left around 40 people without water for nearly eight hours.

A small leak, causing a lot frustration.

"Trying to cook, trying to clean. Can't do any of it without the water," said Zainb Suufi, a West Fargo resident.

Crews spent the day fixing a broken water main by the intersection of 9th Avenue and Sheyenne Street.

"Alarms started going off for a 'high flow' but luckily the police were driving by, caught it and let our guys know," said Ryan James, Public Works assistant director.

Crews believe the pipe actually broke last night, which has made the ground extremely saturated and muddy, which makes the process a little longer than it usually takes.

"It's a mess right now," said James.

"It just snapped the pipes. So we'll cut that section of pipe out, put in a new section, bury it and be back in operation," said Brian Matzke, sewer and water foreman.

"This area is from the early to mid 70s. We know it's aging. It's not short term or a small fix," said James.

Homeowners had water back around 4 p.m., but the road will still be blocked off to through traffic for the next few days to clean up the area.

Cassandra Rohlfing

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