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Broken Fire Hydrant Causes Water, Lane Shutdown

Austin Water Utility crews have shut off water in the area of a broken fire hydrant. So water is no longer gushing out.

The utility tweeted this picture of the damaged hydrant this morning.

Austin Water Utility spokesperson Jason Hill says the water shutdown is not affecting any customers in the area.

Repair crews are blocking one lane of the northbound frontage road of U.S. 183 near Lake Creek Parkway. The utility isn't sure how long the repair will take. They expect the job could cause some slight traffic trouble for drivers.

Crews did not indicate how the hydrant was damaged.

Laura first joined the KUT team in April 2012. She now works for the statewide program Texas Standard as a reporter and producer. Laura came to KUT from the world of television news. She has worn many different hats as an anchor, reporter and producer at TV stations in Austin, Amarillo and Toledo, OH. Laura is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, a triathlete and enjoys travel, film and a good beer. She enjoys spending time with her husband and pets.
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