TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Authorities say the intersection of 13th Street and Crawford Street has re-opened.

Terre Haute authorities had asked drivers to avoid the area of 13th Street and Crawford Street due to a water leak caused by a fire hydrant in need of repair.

In the early hours of Thursday, Feb. 23, Indiana American Water received a call reporting a fire-hydrant leak that was being monitored by local officers.

“A police officer was there blocking the intersection due to the flooding from the hydrant being blown off the end of the lateral water line. Our field personnel were able to shut down a valve to the hydrant and stop the leak. Our contractor is currently in the process of replacing the section of the lateral that was bad and replacing the older hydrant with a new one,” explained Joe Loughmiller, External Affairs Manager of Indiana American Water.

While the exact cause of the leak in the hydrant is unknown, Indiana American Water speculates the age of the hydrant, pipe, and fittings may have led to the leak.

With the southbound lanes of 13th Street opened by late Thursday afternoon, Terre Haute residents can expect the repairs and excavation process to be completed and all affected roadways to be reopened by this weekend.

According to Loughlin, a contractor has bolted a new fire hydrant which will be followed by a restoration of the excavated area.

“At this time, we anticipate one of the southbound lanes of 13th Street to be reopened later this afternoon, and the remaining southbound lane to reopen this weekend.  The rest of the intersection will be re-opened when the one southbound lane of 13th Street is opened,” Loughmiller said.

Residents should continue to avoid the area until the repairs and restoration are complete.


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Authorities in Terre Haute are asking drivers to avoid the area of 13th Street and Crawford Street due to a water leak.

Crews are on the scene.

The closure will be in place until further notice.