UPDATE: Hunter Mill Road Open After 'Geyser-Like' Water Main Break

Nearby neighbors told water shot at least 60 feet into the air

UPDATE (July 9): Hunter Mill Road is open for traffic.


Original: 'Geyser-Like' Water Main Break Closes Off Hunter Mill Road

UPDATE (6:42 p.m.): The water main is owned and maintained by City of Fairfax. City authorities say the roadway could be blocked off until as late as tomorrow morning.


Hunter Mill Road has been blocked off between Vale Road and Hunter Valley Road due to a water main break that caused a sinkhole, Fairfax County Police said.

A detour has been set up from Hunter Valley Road to Leeds Road. There is no estimate on when the road will fully open for traffic.

The break is at Hunter Mill Road and Beekay Court, police said.

"For nearly an hour, we observed the geyser-like fountain coming from the hole in the ground," said Lois Kennedy, who lives nearby. "It was shooting so high into the air. We were told by police it was shooting 60 feet into the air. It looked like Old Faithful."

Kennedy said the water was shooting out at an angle, filling the yards of two houses on Hunter Mill Road with water.

Stay tuned to Oakton Patch for updates.

Byron Siliezar July 09, 2011 at 12:11 PM
Still no water at Mystic Meadow but the City of Fairfax said it would be solved within the hour .....eerily similar to last night's optimistic repair time estimate.
OHE July 09, 2011 at 12:43 PM
it's 8:39AM, we still don't have any water (Oakton Hills Estates) - Tried to call Fairfax Water emergency line (703)698-5613 but no answer!!
Nicole Trifone July 09, 2011 at 04:47 PM
Thanks for keeping everyone updated! Do you guys have water yet?
Annonee July 09, 2011 at 06:27 PM
It came back by about 9:30 am : )
OHE July 09, 2011 at 09:24 PM
for us (Oakton Hills Estates), it came back around 10AM... thanks to those who worked hard in getting our water back on ..


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »