Pio Nono pipe break creates 50-foot geyser

lfabian@macon.comJanuary 8, 2014 

Water shot about 50 feet into the air early Wednesday after a pipe break in the 4300 block of Pio Nono Avenue.

Bibb Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremy Zwaga was the first to arrive shortly after 6 a.m. at the Flash Foods at the corner of Dewey Street.

“There was black ice already all over the road and my sergeant was even slipping coming up trying to meet me,” Zwaga said.

Daniel Smith, supervisor of the leak crew for the Macon Water Authority, said the coupling to the water meter broke as temperatures dropped to the low teens.

“It was up there,” Smith said after cutting off the water feeding the geyser.

The property owner will be responsible for repairing the line, Smith said.

Macon-Bibb County’s public works department scattered sand through the entrance to the convenience store and down Dewey Street where ice already formed on the pavement.

Drivers are urged to use caution along Pio Nono Avenue until temperatures get above freezing.

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