A 16-inch water main break at Tamarack and Hayestown Avenues has affected about one third of Danbury from the location of the break east to the Bethel border. Residents and businesses may experience little or no water pressure in the affected area. The hospital is functioning with limited water supply.
Crews are pumping the area to get the water level down so they can assess the damage, but the valve cracked and the water can't be shut off. Mayor Mark Boughton says a part is being machined in Buffalo, New York and he's looking into getting a plane to fly the part to Danbury. Boughton didn't give an estimate of what that would cost. He initially estimated that water would be restored by tonight, but has since pushed it back.
Danbury officials are coordinating with schools and businesses concerning this water supply emergency and will provide on-going updates. Danbury is issuing a “Boil Alert Advisory” and affected residents are advised not to drink the water without boiling first.
Danbury is working with the Hospital to support patient and community needs. Patients are asked to call ahead to verify appointments before leaving for the hospital.
With closures to Tamarack and Locust Avenues, access to the main hospital campus is disrupted. Employees and patients can access the campus via Osborne Street to the Medical Arts Center Gold/Red Garages and/or via Osborne Street to Hospital Avenue to the Rizzo Garage.