Water Leak Detection on East Chestnut

Work Continues with Street Closure Maintained

MOUNT VERNON – Workers with the City of Mount Vernon as well as outside contractors continued their efforts Thursday to find the source of a water leak on East Chestnut Street between North Main and North Gay streets. East Chestnut Street remains closed in the vicinity of Mount Vernon City Hall and Municipal Court, and traffic is being rerouted from East Chestnut to East High Street and the Public Square. As of Thursday morning, no estimate of when the street will be reopened was available.

The City Water Department believes the leak can be traced to a lightning strike that caused a water main break on East Chestnut Street between North Main and North Gay streets on Aug. 12. After that water main break was fixed, however, the leak persisted. Workers are looking for the source of the leak uphill from the location.

On Thursday morning, an unrelated water main break occurred on Fearn Avenue at Mansfield Road, requiring several workers at the East Chestnut site to turn their attention to fixing that break.
Updates will be issued as soon as the water leak on East Chestnut Street is resolved and the street is reopened.